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Donald Trump To Visit Non-Unionized Auto Supplier Tomorrow

Last week, former President Donald Trump announced that he planned to visit Detroit this week and meet with striking United Auto Workers (UAW) members, choosing to skip the Republican debate in California. However, this proposed visit was panned by UAW President Shawn Fain, who has thus far made it clear that he doesn’t believe politics should play a part in the union’s ongoing negotiations with Ford, Stellantis, and General Motors. Now, shortly after current President Joe Biden announced that he will also be visiting UAW workers on the picket lines, it appears that Trump has changed his plans somewhat, according to Automotive News.

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Rather than meeting with UAW workers, Donald Trump will instead head over to Drake Enterprises Inc. in Clinton Township, Michigan Wednesday night, a Tier 2 and Tier 3 supplier that provides various machined engine and transmission parts to automakers. However, it’s worth noting that Drake – which employs around 125 people – is not unionized, though the company has been impacted by the UAW strike as its inventory has run low on a few items as a result.

“Politics aside, this is a huge opportunity for us,” said Drake Enterprises co-owner Heather Dombrowski. “We’re hoping that this will open doors to new customers and expand product lines with current customers.” She noted that the company was chosen as the site for Trump’s visit because of its “entrepreneurial spirit and its exposure to the gasoline engine business,” and it’s hoping that the media attention from that visit will help it fill its roughly 30 vacant positions, which has proven difficult in the wake of the pandemic.

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Previously, Fain said that “this battle is not about the president,” when asked about upcoming visits from Trump and Biden. “It’s not about the former president or any other person prior to that. This battle is about the workers standing up for economic and social justice and getting their fair share because they’re fed up with going backwards. We can’t keep electing billionaires and millionaires that don’t have any understanding what it is like to live paycheck to paycheck and struggle to get by and expecting them to solve the problems of the working class.”

We’ll have more on the UAW strike soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more 2023 Ford-UAW news, UAW news, and non-stop Ford news coverage.

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  1. JimL

    So if Mr. Fain believes politicians should not be part of this — a stance with which I agree — why is he letting the current President March with them tomorrow? At least that’s what the White House says he’s planning to do.

  2. scott marflake

    UAW said they didn’t want Trump there. He’s anti-union and he’s insulting to the working class. Biden is welcome. He is pro-union. He is looking out for the best of the middle class.

    1. Joe

      Biden with inflation, oil and gas policies, high interest rates has done more to hurt the working class since Jimmy Carter.

      1. DC20009

        lowest inflation rate of all major countries, lowest fuel prices among all major countries, higher interest rates have brought inflation under control without the loss of jobs as the US has record low unemployment. Joe, please get your facts straight before you spew Fox News falsehoods on this site.

        1. StarLord

          Pretty much everything you said was Trump, not Biden

        2. G O PEE

          Trump couldnt even run a CASINO

      2. LOCK HIM UP

        Agent orange’s fed pick keeps raising interest

    2. stewdee

      Umm no! Stop listening to the union boss political garbage! Trump did more to bring good paying jobs back to the U.S. Bidens inflation, and it is policies that got you idiots to a picket line! Wake up sheeple!

      1. DC20009

        that’s a lie. Trump’s unemployment numbers were a disgrace. Check facts before spewing forth falsehoods.

        1. Daman

          You’re in a cult

    3. Alfred

      LMAO, yeah right.

    4. Mike


    5. Pamela

      Scott you are kidding right? Biden has done nothing for the past 3 years! You say you don’t want Trump to visit because it’s political, yet you are welcoming Biden to visit. That’s political. Ain’t it?

  3. StarLord

    What does millionaire Joe Biden know about living paycheck to paycheck? What does he know about running a business? Trump is 1000 times more qualified to speak than Brandon.

    And Fain says it’s not about politics but I will invite Joe anyway. What a jerk.

    1. ArtG

      Yeah. Great at running businesses, especially casinos. And really good at fraudulent business practices. Maybe you haven’t heard the ruling out of NY yet. He won’t be running any businesses there any more.

  4. William J. Offutt jr.

    Why, are yiu running articles in favor of the Democratic Party in 2021 and 2023 ; when it is now May 18, 2024 ? They are false information against Donald Trump !


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