From the White House, this is Doug Christian reporting.
The White House – President Donald Trump visits the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee today after he held a massive rally Thursday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Overflow crowds, estimated to top 15,000 people, stood outside the packed arena watching the president on a jumbotron.
Trump said of automobile manufacturing jobs in Michigan:
(Audio: Trump those jobs are coming back 24:59)
This comes after GM CEO Mary Barra announced layoffs of over 14,000 people in five plants in the United States and Canada last year.
President tweeted in November:
Very disappointed with General Motors and their CEO, Mary Barra, for closing plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland. Nothing being closed in Mexico & China. The U.S. saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get!
Just two weeks ago, the President tweeted: on Mar 17, 2019 05:27:27 PM
“Just spoke to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors about the Lordstown Ohio plant. I am not happy that it is closed when everything else in our Country is BOOMING. I asked her to sell it or do something quickly. She blamed the UAW Union — I don’t care, I just want it open!”
Yet, throughout the speech, Trump touted growth in auto jobs:
(Audio Trump: 54:40)
And rising wages, although the Bureau of Labor Statistics says otherwise:
(58:29 wages rising)
And more on jobs:
(115 added jobs)
Only after an hour into the speech did he acknowledge some discrepancy in the narrative:
(Audio: 122 – fighting with GM)
Trump then circled back to his success:
127:50 “Done more than anyone else”
129 Now I’ve done it.
Doug Christian, The White House