YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – President Donald Trump tweeted again this morning on the closure of General Motors Lordstown Complex, and urged United Auto Workers International and GM to come to the negotiating table now instead of waiting until September to negotiate a New deal.
The last tweet followed a pair of Trump issued during the weekend directed at GM and UAW 1112 President Dave Green, representing workers at the Trumbull County facility idle nearly two weeks ago.
"General Motors and UAW are going to start talking in September / October. Why wait, start them now! I want jobs to live in the US and want Lordstown (Ohio), in one of the best economies in our history, opened or sold to a company that will open it quickly! "Trump said Monday morning.
"Car companies all come back to the US. Then everyone else. We now have the best economy in the world, envy of all," he continued . "Get the big, beautiful plant in Ohio open now. Close a plant in China or Mexico, where you invested so heavily before Trump, but not in the United States. Take jobs at home!"
Trump's Sunday Receipt – his second weekend weekend on the plant Future, in which he specifically shouted Green – created sharp attacks by democrats. It came as if a weekends tweet storm where the president blew out more than 50 messages.
"Democrat UAW Local 1112 President David Green should get his act together and produce," the president tweeted tweeted . "G.M. Let the country go down, but other much better car companies come into the US in droves. I want action at Lordstown fast. Stop complaining and get the job done! 3.8% Unemployment! "
A story that was written today in the Washington Post showed a connection between Trump's tweet targeting Green and a discussion of Fox News about the political consequences of the plant's closure.
" Tweeten arrived minutes after a segment on Fox News Channel suggested that Trump could have problems with his re-election campaign in Rust Belt. Fox News played clips from a Trump rally in Youngstown, Ohio – very close to Lordstown – where the president told the audience in July 2017, "don't sell your house" because jobs are "all coming back," The Post says.
Drive It Home Ohio, the support campaign, launched by Local 1112 and Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber, to convince GM to continue production at the Lordstown factory, issued its own statement in response.
" We do everything we can with the Drive It Home Ohio campaign to convince General Barber's CEO Mary Barra to reinvest in GM Lordstown, Green said in the campaign board." As Mary Barra has said, GM to discuss our destiny with the UAW this fall and we are focused on getting a new product in Lordstown. "
A few hours later trump tweeted that he had talked to Barra:
" Just spoke with Mary Barra, General Motors CEO of the Lordstown Ohio facility. I am not happy that it is closed when everything else in our country is BOOMING. I asked her to sell it or do something fast. She owed the UAW Union – I don't care, I just want it open! "US Rep. Tim Ryan, who Green followed as a guest at Trump's EU address in February, marked the president's tweet as" counter-productive and insulting "in a statement issued Sunday afternoon. Green and Lordstown plant workers" deserve better, "he added. to.
"They have worked tirelessly to build award-winning cars and have dedicated their lives to GM. They are second to none. Since it was announced that GM would close Lordstown, Dave has been working around the clock to save these jobs, families and society, "Ryan, D-13 Ohio said.  The congressman also referred a couple of letters to Green sent to Trump on July 6 and February 1, asking for help but receiving "no response" from the president.
"The president's tweet today is offensive and does nothing to help bring back the production job he promised to my district," Ryan said. deserve all the better. "
US Rep. Bill Johnson, R-6 Ohio, said Trump" is passionate about returning the people at Lordstown to work "and added that Green also" works hard at his end "
"The bottom line is that everyone in the Mahoning valley does what they can to ensure the best possible outcome for all hard-working Ohioans concerned," Johnson said.  In a statement released on Sunday evening, General Motors stated that the plant's future will be decided t during negotiations this summer with UAW.
"We are open to talking to all concerned stakeholders, but our main focus remains on our employees and offer them jobs in our facilities where we have growth opportunities," the company said.
Reply to Presidential Tweets US Sen. Sherrod Brown , D-Ohio, stated that Local 1112 members "have shown gravel and determination in the face of adversity, fighting for Lordstown from day one. Instead of attacking workers, it's the last time you got up to GM and joined the fight. "
US Sender Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who met with Brown and Ryan with Barra last year to discuss the Lordstown plant, said through a spokeswoman that he would" continue to push GM to bring new production to the plant. "
Sunday's tweets followed a message at GM Lordstown Complex the day before:
"  ] Because the economy is so good, General Motors must get its Lordstown, Ohio, plant open, maybe in another form or with a new owner, FAST! Toyota invests $ 13.5 billion sic ] in the United States, others as well. G.M. MUST HAVE FAST SPEED. Time is of essence! "
Johnson tweeted he agreed with the president after the Saturday night statement.
" I hope GM restores the plan for the Lordstown plant quickly. Otherwise they will make a big mistake so that the highly qualified automating workforce gets away, he says. "Other automakers should consider moving in if GM does not."
David Pepper, head of the Ohio Democratic Party, pronounced a statement on Saturday night that the last Cruze had rolled off the line almost two weeks earlier " and only today did Donald Trump understand what had happened. "
During the presidential campaign in 2016, Trump made promises to the workers in the Mahoning Valley, Pepper said, but the day he was inaugurated, GM finished his third shift at the Lordstown facility. During a 2017 rally in Youngstown, Trump told people not to sell their houses because jobs that had left Ohio would return.
"After GM announced that they were planning to close the Lordstown facility, Trump showed no sympathy for these workers' difficulties," he said. "He said," It doesn't matter "and promised that these jobs would be replaced" in two minutes. "Lordstown workers wrote to the president, but they never got answers. GM workers attended the president's EU address, but Trump did not say a word to reassure them. "
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