The Latest: Trump talks to GM CEO about Ohio plant closure

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s efforts to get General Motors to reopen its Lordstown, Ohio plant (all times local):

7:05 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he has spoken to General Motors CEO Mary Barra to vent his frustration about the automaker’s closure of an Ohio manufacturing plant while the U.S. economy continues to fare well.

Trump disclosed his conversation with Barra in a Sunday evening tweet that followed earlier posts during the weekend that blasted GM for closing its Lordstown plant and putting 1,700 people out of work. Those tweets criticized GM for letting down the U.S. and urged the company to reopen the plant or find a new owner quickly.

In his latest tweet, Trump said he reiterated to Barra that GM should do something quickly, including potentially selling the plant.

GM didn’t immediately respond to The Associated Press’ requests for comment.


6:37 p.m.

President Donald Trump stepped up his pressure on General Motors to reopen an Ohio manufacturing plant that recently closed and put 1,700 people out of work.

Trump’s arm-twisting came in two separate tweets on Saturday and Sunday .

He called on GM to reopen its Lordstown plant or find another owner, while insisting that the Detroit automaker “must act quickly.”

He also blasted GM for letting down the U.S. and asserted “much better” automakers are coming to the country.

Trump praised Toyota for its investments in the U.S. in an apparent attempt to depict GM as being less committed to its home country than the Japan automaker.

GM didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Sunday.

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