Trump Broke His Promise To Autoworkers As More Layoffs Come
November 26, 2018
Trump promised autoworkers that they wouldn’t lose one plant if he was elected and that General Motors would build in the United States because of him. Now, General Motors is planning to close multiple factories and lay off even more workers.
THEN: Trump promised voters they “won’t lose one plant” if he was elected.
Trump: “If I’m elected, you won’t lose one plant, you’ll have plant coming into this country, you’re going to have jobs again, you won’t lose one plant, I promise you that.”
THEN: Trump promised that General Motors would expand jobs in the U.S. because of him.
Trump: “Just today—breaking news—General Motors announced that they’re adding or keeping 900 jobs right here in Michigan, and that’s going to be over the next 12 months. And that’s just the beginning, folks.”
Trump: “Call Mary Barra, head of General Motors. You could call Fiat. You know, you could call Fiat. You could call—we had that meeting. They’re all talking about building in the United States because of me.”
NOW: GM plans to close plans in Michigan, Ohio and Maryland, and cut thousands of jobs.
USA Today: “GM Poised To Close Plants In Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, Will Cut 15% Of Salaried Workers.”
Associated Press: “General Motors will lay off 14,700 factory and white-collar workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.”
THIS ISN’T THE FIRST TIME: General Motors had already cut thousands of jobs despite Trump’s promises.
Detroit Free Press: “And in March 2017, he praised General Motors when he flew to Detroit to highlight the importance of American manufacturing. That same day, GM announced plans for 900 new or retained jobs in Michigan within 12 months. This week, GM confirmed a net loss of 3,500 hourly manufacturing jobs in 2017.”
CNN Money: “General Motors is cutting factory jobs again. The automaker will eliminate one of two shifts at its Warren, Michigan plant, which makes transmissions. The company won’t say how many jobs will be affected, but the cuts could eliminate about half of the nearly 600 jobs at the plant.”
Crain’s Cleveland Business: “General Motors Co. Will let go as many as 1,500 workers at the end of June at the Ohio factory building the Chevrolet Cruze compact car, undercutting President Donald Trump’s boasts about bringing back auto jobs.”