Trump has just scored a major win with an announcement from GM that they are investing $300M in a Michigan plant.
This announcement came only after Trump voiced his criticism of GM’s recent decision to shut down a plant in Lordstown, Ohio – criticism which has now paid off.
The president took to Twitter to voice his opinion after the closure of the Ohio plant:
Check out this video from Fox News on Trump's battle with GM over the Ohio plant:
Now, GM appears to have given in to Trump's demands, not by reopening the Ohio plant, but by investing $300M in a plant in Michigan.
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Forbes reported on the story:
General Motors today announced a $300 million investment at its Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan to make a new electric vehicle.
The Orion plant already makes the ChevyBolt EV. The new vehicle will add some 400 workers to the plant.
The announcement comes at a time when the automaker is reorganizing some of its global production, cutting some plants and workforce, and pilloried by Donald Trump for closing an Ohio plant the current President views as politically important to his 2020 re-election campaign.
According to one official at GM who spoke on background, the investment was already planned before Trump’s most recent outbursts aimed at GM on Twitter and from the stump, but the company made the announcement this week in an attempt to counter the publicity it was getting for cutting jobs and from the Trump twitter-palooza.
Trump is lashing out at GM for thousands of job cuts that will accompany the closure of Lordstown. GM said the new investment will bring 400 additional jobs to the Michigan plant.
Reuters had more to say:
General Motors Co confirmed on Friday it will invest $300 million in a suburban Detroit assembly plant, adding 400 jobs to build a new Chevrolet electric vehicle.
The largest U.S. automaker has come under heavy criticism from President Donald Trump in recent days over its decision to end production at its Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant earlier this month.
GM officials said the announcement was planned well before Trump’s series of angry GM tweets that started on Saturday. Trump called GM CEO Mary Barra on Sunday to urge her to reverse the decision to end production at the Ohio plant, which is in a crucial state for the 2020 presidential election. He again ripped the company in a speech in Ohio on Wednesday.
Barra, speaking to reporters after an event at the plant in Orion Township, outside Detroit, with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announcing the investment, said GM is focused on ensuring that all of the hourly workers at Lordstown find new jobs at other plants. But she has shown no indication it will reverse course and reopen the Lordstown plant.
She declined to say if she thought there was more tension between GM and Trump.
“We want to create jobs, good paying jobs,” Barra said, saying her talks with Trump had a “business focus.” She said GM needs to remain “strong” in order to continue to add jobs.
Trump's criticism of GM and influence in the automaker's recent investment decision to invest in their Michigan plant comes with much applause from his supporters:
We have to agree with you, Michael Gonzales!