President Donald Trump sent a loud and clear message to General Motors on Saturday, saying that “time is of the essence” to reopen a plant in Ohio that closed earlier this month, citing the strong economy and competition from Toyota.
“Because the economy is so good, General Motors must get their Lordstown, Ohio, plant open, maybe in a different form or with a new owner, FAST! Toyota is investing 13.5 $Billion in U.S., others likewise. G.M. MUST ACT QUICKLY. Time is of the essence!” Trump tweeted Saturday.
General Motors eliminated 1,700 jobs at the assembly plant when it closed, but hasn’t signaled if the plant will permanently shut down. The plant is in a “state of readiness” while contract negotiations continue throughout the year.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine stated it’s unlikely that General Motors will revitalize the plant by bringing in a new line of vehicles. The Governor also said the company has kept him in the dark about what its plans may be, but could notify him within four to six weeks, per Washington Examiner.
“My focus is to do everything to get jobs back in that plant, understanding that our hands are really tied until there is some movement from General Motors,” DeWine said on Tuesday.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree with President Trump?