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Trump calls on GM to reopen 'abandoned' plant it doesn't own, make medical equipment they already are

Posted at 3:53 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 16:30:59-04

LORDSTOWN, Ohio — President Donald Trump went on a Twitter tirade Friday morning against General Motors to open their “stupidly abandoned Lordstown plant in Ohio,” which, apparently unbeknownst to the president, GM no longer owns.

“General Motors MUST immediately open their stupidly abandoned Lordstown plant in Ohio, or some other plant, and START MAKING VENTILATORS, NOW!!!!!!,” Trump tweeted.

The president must not remember the sale, despite the fact that he tweeted about it when it was first being discussed by General Motors and Workhorse last May.

In November 2019, General Motors finalized the sale of the plant to Lordstown Motors Corp, which according to The Verge, Workhorse owns a 10% stake in. Lordstown Motors Corp is an electric vehicle company that manufactures a pickup truck called the "Endurance."

RELATED: General Motors announces sale of Lordstown plant to electric truck company

General Motors said it is already partnering with Ventec Life Systems to make respiratory products.

The president also took aim at Ford. “FORD, GET GOING ON VENTILATORS, FAST!!!!!”

And just like General Motors, Ford is already producing medical equipment and supplies.

Congressman Tim Ryan, who represents the state's 13 Congressional District and the Lordstown area, was quick to respond and called Trump out for the tweet.

"Please stop blaming others and be the leader this country needs right now," Ryan tweeted.

RELATED:Lordstown Motors hoping to usher in a new era of electric vehicles at old GM plant and bring back jobs

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