DETROIT — Sixteen months after Mary Barra angered Donald Trump by announcing plans to close several U.S. factories in states the president vowed to revive, the General Motors CEO is back on the outs with the White House.
Unlike in late 2018, Trump’s Friday fracas over ventilators caught GM completely off guard, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. Trump first went on a Twitter tirade, accusing the company of taking too long to make the desperately needed medical devices and of trying to gouge the government. By the evening, he dredged up an old grudge, taking another shot at the automaker for closing a car factory in Ohio.
Executives at GM — which had worked around the clock for a week to convert an Indiana parts plant into a breathing-machine factory — were themselves frustrated over how long it was taking the federal government to finalize terms with its partner Ventec Life Systems Inc., said people familiar with the private deliberations.
GM forged ahead and…