Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown is speaking out about President Trump's recent comments on the closed-down Lordstown GM plant, saying the president hasn't done enough to help the people he pledged to help as a candidate.
"This president has betrayed workers, the White House looks like a retreat for Wall Street executives, and the president needs to come to Youngstown and work with workers and stop attacking workers, and work with all of us. Work with Senator Portman and me - we've been involved in this together - to find a way to put more workers in that plant," Brown said.
In an interview Tuesday, Brown said he's glad it's on the president's radar, but that he's been trying to get his attention for months. "I'm glad he's finally aware of it. I've been asking the president to be involved really since the layoffs began," Brown said.
The plant shut down in March, after getting rid of different shifts over the past two years. The democratic Senator also pointed to the recent tax cuts put in place, saying it gave companies incentive to move the jobs to other countries. "If you're doing production in the United States, you pay 21% tax rate as a company. If you move to Mexico you pay 10 1/2%, so essentially the new tax law gave these companies a 50% coupon to move overseas."
Over the weekend President Trump began tweeting about the Lordstown plant closure, ahead of a visit to Ohio on Wednesday. In one tweet, he went after the local UAW leader David Green, saying he "needed to get his act together" and said to "stop complaining." In others, he called on GM to "close a plant in China or Mexico" and bring jobs back to the United States.
Senator Brown said they are urging the company to retool the plant to make other vehicles, to keep the plant open and help the workers.
The Lordstown plant is the first of four in the United States that GM is set to close this year. Altogether, 8,000 workers will lose their jobs. GM says 500 workers at the Lordstown plant already have new jobs, and have been transferred to other locations. Another 350 are eligible for retirement.
Full interview with Senator Brown: