Remarks President Trump made to residents of Lordstown, Ohio, last summer have not aged well.
General Motors is set to cease production at a plant in Lordstown next year as part of a plan to lay off 15 percent of salaried workers in North America, The Washington Post reports. This plant is not far from where Trump held a rally in July 2017 during which he told the crowd that factory jobs in Ohio are "all coming back." He also offered his supporters some advice: "Don't move. Don't sell your house." Trump said the Lordstown community would "fill up those factories or rip them down and build new ones."
After hearing the news of the Lordstown plant's shutdown, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) reminded Trump of his promise on Twitter, urging the president to "keep his word" and saying he "owes this community an explanation." Ryan added that the "massive corporate tax cut" Trump passed clearly did not help the community, a sentiment reflected by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). "Ohio taxpayers rescued GM," Brown wrote, pointing out that GM recently opted to open a new plant in Mexico, "and it's shameful that the company is now abandoning the Mahoning Valley and laying off workers right before the holidays." Brendan Morrow
Americans don't like James Comey, per se, but they still trust him more than President Trump.
A Quinnipiac poll released Thursday found that 54 percent of Americans think Comey is more likely to tell them the truth about important issues than Trump. Only 35 percent think the president is more trustworthy.
The results were surprisingly stable from previous surveys, despite Comey's high-profile book release and tour, and the president's corresponding attacks on him. In December, the breakdown was 56 percent to 32 percent in Comey's favor; last June, it was 56-36.
But Americans don't trust Comey because they like him. Forty-one percent view Comey unfavorably, while just 30 percent have a favorable view of the former FBI director.
The poll also pit Trump against his other public enemy: the media. Similarly, 53 percent of Americans said they trust news media to tell them the truth more than Trump, while 37 percent prefer to believe Trump. Twenty-two percent of respondents went so far as to call the news media the "enemy of the people."
Quinnipiac surveyed 1,193 voters via landline and cell phone from April 20-24, with a 3.4 percent margin of error. Read the full results here. Kathryn Krawczyk