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Former President Donald Trump To Speak in Detroit Amid Auto Worker Strike As Biden Team Steps Aside

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Former President Donald Trump is expected to speak to UAW members next week in Detroit on Wednesday, September 27. News of Mr. Trump’s visit came just days after UAW members went on strike at three automotive plants operated by the Detroit Three (Stellantis, General Motors, and Ford).

Mr. Trump is expected to give a speech on the same day that the second Republican primary debate is scheduled to take place. The speech is also expected to be during prime time television viewing hours, and coincidentally at the same time as the Republican party primary debate.

Specific details about the location of Mr. Trump’s speech have not yet been released, but it is expected that Former President Trump will speak to more than 500 union workers.

UAW President Shawn Fain has stated that the union is focused on fighting against an economy that enriches people in the billionaire class like Mr. Trump and that people like Mr. Trump don’t understand what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck. Based these statements, it doesn’t appear that Mr. Fain is looking forward to Mr. Trump’s visit.

It should be noted that shortly after the strike began, President Biden made arrangements to send a team composed of White House senior adviser Gene Sperling, along with acting Labor Secretary Julie Su to Detroit to help the UAW and the Detroit Three auto companies reach an agreement and end the strike. The role of the team was not to interfere with negotiations nor was it their intent to mediate.

But upon hearing of this plan, UAW officials were not in favor and questioned what the exact role of the White House team would be. As a result, the White House scrapped their plan to get involved in the strike, at least for now.

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