President Trump is expected to praise Ford and GE’s efforts to produce ventilators in his Thursday visit to Ypsilanti.
YPSILANTI, MI — Thursday, President Donald Trump plans to visit the Ford Motor Company’s Rawsonville manufacturing plant.
The White House confirmed the plans Monday morning, reports MLive.
Trump is visiting to tour the plant, which has shifted its focus to producing ventilators and personal protective equipment. This will be the fourth such plant he has visited. Trump is expected to highlight the partnership between Ford, the United Auto Workers and General Electric that has allowed Rawsonville to support the novel coronavirus pandemic response efforts.
This partnership set goals of producing 50,000 ventilators in the next 100 days when it began in late April. Ford projected producing 1,500 ventilators by the end of April, 12,000 by the end of May and 50,000 by July 4.
This is also Trump’s third trip to a battleground state in recent weeks, following visits to Arizona and Pennsylvania, reports Newsweek.
The White House has characterized efforts like those at Ypsilanti’s Ford plant as key successes in the fight against the coronavirus.
“Not a single American died in this country for lack of a ventilator,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEanany told reporters during a recent briefing. “I would call that response a success.”
And, as The ‘Gander reported, Ford used their successes on the production of coronavirus response equipment to help guide policy as to how to safely re-engage the automotive industry, which started operating again Monday.
The USA Today notes that the appearances Trump has been making in recent days at places like the Ford plant in Ypsilanti have attempted to project the image that life is returning to normal amid a push to reopen state economies. Michigan will start its largest phase of reopening to date Friday, the day after Trump’s visit.
Stay with the ‘Gander for continued coverage of President Trump’s Michigan visit this week.