Ohio’s Democratic US senator says Trump should take action

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio’s Democratic U.S. senator says President Donald Trump should stop “pointing fingers” and take action to head off auto plant closings.

Sen. Sherrod Brown says legislation he introduced in August would give customers a $3,500 discount on cars made in America and stop tax breaks on overseas profits from auto makers that move jobs overseas. He said Wednesday he hopes to speak soon with the Republican president, as Brown and Ohio’s Republican leaders are seeking ways to save the Lordstown plant near Youngstown.

Trump has threatened to slash General Motors subsidies and has criticized Brown since Detroit-based GM announced Monday that production of the Chevy Cruze would stop in March at the assembly plant that has some 1,500 workers left after losing 3,000 jobs within two years.