by Madison Gesiotto
President Trump continues to go above and beyond the call of duty to fight for American jobs.
Even with the U.S. unemployment rate hovering near historic lows, the President isn’t taking anything for granted, recently calling on General Motors (GM) to reopen a manufacturing facility in Ohio.
“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!” he tweeted. “Toyota is investing 13.5 [billion dollars] in U.S., others likewise. G.M. MUST ACT QUICKLY. Time is of the essence!”
He reiterated that call when he visited a tank factory in Lima, Ohio a few days later, urging GM to “Get that plant open or sell it to somebody and they’ll open it. Everybody wants it.”
He’s exactly right. Ohio has benefitted along with the rest of the country from the economic boom brought about by President Trump’s pro-growth policies, but it has the potential to do even better. While Ohio’s unemployment rate has dropped to just 4.7 percent — less than half of its post-recession peak — that’s still somewhat higher than the national 3.8 percent unemployment rate, meaning Ohio offers tremendous potential for job creators competing for the few remaining unemployed workers in the country.
What separates President Trump from his predecessors is his ability to directly negotiate with business leaders and persuade them to invest in American projects. Unlike career politicians who spend their whole careers in the Washington, D.C. swamp, Donald Trump understands the nature of the private sector and knows exactly what makes it tick.
In addition to his pro-growth economic agenda of middle-class tax cuts and America First trade policies, President Trump often takes time to personally lobby for American workers in conversations with the CEOs of major corporations — a strategy that is already paying dividends.
In February, for instance, Taiwanese company Foxconn announced its re-commitment to build a new factory in Wisconsin after negotiating with President Trump — a stunning reversal from its prior decision to cancel the project.
“After productive discussions between the White House and the company, and after a personal conversation between President Donald J. Trump and Chairman Terry Gou, Foxconn is moving forward with our planned construction of a Gen 6 fab facility,” the manufacturer announced.
In a similar move, the President revealed that he personally contacted GM CEO Mary Barra to express his frustration that the factory “is closed when everything else in our Country is BOOMING.”
“I asked her to sell it or do something quickly,” the President said. “She blamed the UAW Union — I don’t care, I just want it open!”
While President Trump noted that GM and the UAW are slated to start talks in the fall, he insisted that the plant needs to be re-opened now — not later.
“Get that big, beautiful plant in Ohio open now,” he said. “Close a plant in China or Mexico, where you invested so heavily pre-Trump, but not in the U.S.A. Bring jobs home!”
That sort of passionate advocacy for American workers is a hallmark of the Trump presidency, which has overseen an explosion in manufacturing employment.
In February, Forbes reported that manufacturers have added 6 times more jobs during the first two years of the Trump administration than they did during Obama’s last two years in office. In January, a similar report noted that growth in American manufacturing at the end of last year meant that the sector was expanding “714% faster under Trump than Obama.”
Those impressive results would be enough for a typical politician to declare victory and move on to other priorities. Donald Trump, however, is anything but conventional, and his commitment to American workers has no end or completion. He fights for every last job.
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Madison Gesiotto is an attorney, political commentator, 2016 Inauguration Spokesperson, and former Miss Ohio USA.