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Ivanka Trump coming to Michigan, meeting with GM's Barra in Warren


Melissa Nann Burke Daniel Howes   | The Detroit News

Ivanka Trump is expected to travel to Michigan on Wednesday to meet with General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra at the automaker's campus in Warren to discuss workforce training. 

President Donald Trump's daughter, who is a senior White House adviser, will be visiting GM's Technical Learning University on the Global Technical Center campus in Warren, GM spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said.

Barra will lead Trump on a tour and highlight the Detroit-based automaker's commitment to continued workforce training for hourly skilled trades workers and salaried manufacturing engineers, Ginivan said.

“The president built the strongest economy in our lifetime and he will do it again. Prioritizing the American worker and their family is the top priority, and I’m proud to visit General Motors’ Technical Learning University, where workers are learning on-the-job while earning a paycheck," Trump said in a statement. 

"Detroit, GM and the talented GM workforce are ensuring the great American comeback is underway and I’m looking forward to seeing firsthand."

GM's Technical Learning University includes an electrical apprentice program and other training programs meant to enhance the technical knowhow of GM skilled trades workers and salaried manufacturing engineers, according to the company.

The tour group will meet apprentices and employees on campus and interact with a number of manufacturing and educational stations, White House spokeswoman Carolina Hurley said.

GM is a partner in the White House's advertising campaign that urges workers who are jobless or unhappy with their position to "Find Something New." Hurley also noted that GM signed the White House’s Pledge to America’s Workers, committing 46,000 training opportunities for their workforce.

The Michigan Democratic Party jumped on Tuesday's announcement, highlighting Trump's uneven response to the coronavirus pandemic and his promise in Warren in 2016 that Michigan would not lose "one plant."

“Ivanka can try to spin Michigan voters all she wants, but nothing will cover for the fact that Donald Trump has failed our state," party spokesman Christian Slater said.

"Four years ago, Donald Trump promised Warren voters, ‘you won’t lose one plant,’ but since then his failed leadership has tanked Michigan’s economy and shuttered factories throughout our state. Ivanka’s empty promises can’t change that fact.”

Ivanka Trump previously visited Michigan in 2017 for an event with Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert promoting K-12 education programs on coding and computer science.

She was also in the state during the 2016 presidential campaign to participate in a Michigan Women In Business Roundtable in Hudsonville. 

mburke@detroitnews.com