GM CEO Mary Barra to meet Ivanka Trump on Wednesday

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Senior White House Advisor Ivanka Trump introduces her father, U.S. President Donald Trump, to deliver his acceptance speech as the 2020 Republican presidential candidate at the final event of the Republican National Convention on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, August 27, 2020.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters

DETROIT – General Motors CEO Mary Barra is due to meet with White House adviser Ivanka Trump on Wednesday at the automaker’s design and technology center in suburban Detroit.Barra will give President Donald Trump’s daughter a tour of GM Technical Learning University, which recently completed a $ 2 million employee training upgrade, according to GM spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan.

Barra invited Ivanka Trump to visit the facility last year as part of GM’s partnership in the White House ad campaign that urges those who are unemployed or unhappy with their current positions to ‘find something new’ , Ginivan said.

White House spokeswoman Carolina Hurley in a tweet said Trump and Barra would meet apprentices and employees and learn more about GM’s major apprenticeship pay programs.

“The president has built the strongest economy of our life and he will do it again. Putting American workers and their families first is the top priority, and I’m proud to visit General Motors Technical Learning University, where workers learn on the job. -job while earning a paycheck, ”Ivanka Trump said in a statement. “Detroit, GM and the talented team at GM are making sure the great American comeback is underway and I can’t wait to see it with my own eyes. “

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and General Motors CEO Mary Barra tour the General Motors Component Maintenance Plant, which manufactures ventilators for use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Kokomo, Indiana.

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The GM program is based on an initiative launched in 2017, focused on improving the technical capabilities of skilled workers and salaried manufacturing engineers at the automaker. Since its inception, GM has trained more than 300 employees. The automaker plans to train 3,600 employees by the end of 2023.

Ivanka Trump is at least the third senior Trump administration official to visit a GM facility in recent months as the president campaigns for re-election. Donald Trump has regularly touted the support of blue-collar automotive workers as the reason for his victory in Michigan in 2016.

In April, Vice President Mike Pence visited a GM facility in Kokomo, Indiana, which was building fans for national stock.

Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette also visited the automaker’s design and technology campus in July to announce federal funding of $ 139 million to support innovative new technologies for advanced vehicles.

Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette (left) visits the General Motors Battery Lab with GM Executive Director of Global Electrification and Battery Systems Kent Helfrich on July 16, 2020 at GM’s Global Technical Center in Warren , Michigan.

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