Trump singles out GM for moving plants to China

President Trump criticized General Motors in a tweet Friday, suggesting the automaker should move plants back to the U.S. from China.

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"General Motors, which was once the Giant of Detroit, is now one of the smallest auto manufacturers there," Trump tweeted. "They moved major plants to China, BEFORE I CAME INTO OFFICE. This was done despite the saving help given them by the USA. Now they should start moving back to America again?"

Trump appeared to be responding to a Bloomberg report that GM is now third behind Ford and Fiat Chrysler in the number of union workers it employs in the U.S. That's a first since workers began organizing with United Auto Workers in 1935, according to Bloomberg.

Earlier this month, Trump hit other automakers that agreed to a carbon emissions and fuel mileage deal with California, sidestepping the Environmental Protection Agency. He has been pressuring companies to bring jobs back to the U.S. from overseas throughout his presidency.

A GM spokesperson told FOX Business the company employs nearly 100,000 workers in the U.S. across 27 states. Bloomberg pegged GM's UAW-represented employees at 46,000, behind Ford's 55,000 and Fiat Chrysler's 47,200. The GM rep said its UAW membership has remained stable over the past decade.

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The spokesperson stressed that GM's China operations are self-funding and have brought more than $16 billion in equity income back into the Detroit-based company. GM has announced more than $23 billion in manufacturing investments in the U.S. over the last 10 years, the most of any automaker, according to the company.