Tues. 11:45 a.m.: GM reacts to Trump’s Cruze tweet

LORDSTOWN – Reacting to a tweet in which President-elect Donald Trump this morning criticized General Motors for selling Mexican-made Chevrolet Cruzes in the United States, the Detroit automaker said every unit of the compact car is made at its local plant in Lordstown.

“GM builds the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback for global markets in Mexico, with a small number sold in the U.S.,” GM said in a prepared statement.

“General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers – tax free across border. Make in U.S.A. or pay big border tax!” Trump tweeted this morning.

Cruze hatchback production amounts to less than a day of output at the Lordstown plant, said Glenn Johnson, president of a United Auto Workers union local at the factory. The union, he said, is not protesting the move to build the hatch in Mexico.

“It makes for news, that’s all,” Johnson said of Trump’s tweet. The Lordstown factory, he said, is not equipped to build the hatch.

The local plant produces the Chevy Cruze sedan.

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