General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump and White House delegates on Thursday — days after GM faced criticism from Trump, the White House confirmed late Wednesday.
Earlier reports that the pair would talk about issues together with trade, ongoing contract discussions, and revising vehicle fuel efficiency standards. The White House confirmed Trump would meet with Barra at 1:45 p.m. EDT within the Oval Office.
On Friday, Trump again criticized GM on Twitter saying the corporate “which was once the Giant of Detroit, is now one of many smallest auto manufacturers.”
GM refused to remark Wednesday on the meetings, which come as the largest U.S. auto manufacturer has had contentious connections with Trump over the past 12 months.
Last week, Trump advised GM ought to begin shifting operations back to the US from China. “They moved major factories to China BEFORE I CAME INTO OFFICE… Now they must start moving back to America?” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Trump’s wrath with GM comes as contract discussions between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit Three auto manufacturers intensify ahead of a Sept. 14 contract expiration. This week, the UAW selected GM as its initial target to strike a deal.
GM’s decision to shut four plants in the USA is a key issue in the contract discussions.
Trump has made boosting auto jobs a central priority and has often criticized automakers on Twitter for not doing enough to improve U.S. employment.
Trump has criticized GM for manufacturing vehicles in Mexico and for ending production at plants in Michigan, Ohio, and Maryland. He has warned to cut GM subsidies in retaliation and in June rejected a request to waive tariffs on Chinese-made Buick Envisions.
However, Trump praised GM for entering talks to sell an idled northeast Ohio factory to a cash-strapped electric truck-making firm.