Ford Motor Company released a statement Sunday night confirming President Donald Trump is visiting the Ford Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti on Thursday, May 21. 

The Ford Motor Company statement said Trump’s visit is part of a tour to celebrate businesses creating personal protective equipment and will emphasize the importance of manufacturing companies producing the necessary medical equipment for healthcare and essential workers.

“We’re proud to assemble more vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker and welcome Thursday’s visit as part of Ford’s longstanding history of hosting sitting presidents and senior government leaders,” the statement reads.. 

In collaboration with GE Healthcare, Ford is working to produce 50,000 ventilators by July 4. The plant is currently prioritizing ventilators made full time by International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America members who double as paid volunteers. 

Lavora Barnes, the Michigan Democratic Party chairwoman, released a statement regarding Trump’s upcoming visit to the Ypsilanti Manufacturing Plant. 

“The truth is that Donald Trump has stumbled from crisis to crisis during this pandemic and Michigan has suffered as a result,” Barnes said. “No amount of empty words and lip service can undo the damage done by his failures.”

President Trump has recently criticized Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her management of the stay-at-home order, including tweeting “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” in support of protesters in Lansing.

Trump’s last visit to Michigan was on Jan. 30 in the warehouse of Dana Incorporated to speak on signing the transition of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement into law. In 2019, Trump held a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan on the night he was charged with impeachment by the House of Representatives. This will be President Trump’s first visit to Michigan amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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