Biden, Trump making Metro Detroit appearances this week to speak to UAW members during strike

President Biden will meet with UAW members a day before former President Trump holds a rally in Clinton Township.

Joe Biden, Donald Trump

FILE - In this combination of file photos, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del., on March 12, 2020, left, and President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington on April 5, 2020.

The United Auto Workers’ ongoing strike against Detroit’s automakers collides with presidential politics this week.

President Joe Biden echoes the UAW’s claim that workers deserve a larger share of the Big Three’s record profits after the union took cuts to keep the companies afloat during the Great Recession more than a decade ago.

White House officials say Biden — who bills himself as the most union-friendly U.S. president in recent history — is accepting the UAW’s invitation to meet with striking workers and walk the picket lines on Tuesday.

Read: Expanded UAW strike includes 13 Stellantis and GM locations in Michigan

But the union has yet to endorse Biden, in part over concerns that his push for electric vehicles could cost their members jobs. Republicans see this as an opening to drive a wedge between the UAW and the Democrats they typically support.

Former President Donald Trump is planning a rally at parts supplier Drake Enterprises in Clinton Township on Wednesday. The current 2024 GOP presidential frontrunner will once again skip the Republican debate.

Trump claims concentrating on electric vehicles will “decimate” the U.S. auto industry.

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  • Quinn Klinefelter
    Quinn Klinefelter is a Senior News Editor at 101.9 WDET. In 1996, he was literally on top of the news when he interviewed then-Senator Bob Dole about his presidential campaign and stepped on his feet.