Trump wants California to let automaker Tesla reopen assembly plant

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump looks over at National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci as CDC Director Robert Redfield looks on as the president returns to the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 17, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged California to allow Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) to reopen its electric vehicle assembly plan.

“California should let Tesla & @elonmusk open the plant, NOW. It can be done Fast & Safely!” Trump wrote on Twitter. On Monday, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said production was resuming at the automaker’s sole U.S. vehicle factory, defying an order to stay closed and saying if anyone had to be arrested it should be him.

Reporting by David Shepardson and Doina Chiacu, Editing by Franklin Paul