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President Donald Trump said on Monday he is ‘not happy’ with General Motors’ decision to cut thousands of jobs and is putting pressure on the auto giant.
Trump said at the White House that he wants GM, which announced plans to shut down seven plants, to ‘get back in there soon. We have a lot of pressure on them.’
GM’s announcement came as a shock to the Trump administration, which has heavily sold itself as protecting American jobs and rebuilding the country’s manufacturing base.
Trump has renegotiated the old NAFTA free trade deal with Canada and Mexico specifically to favor the US auto industry, as well as entering into a trade war with China.
GM said it will close three North American auto assembly plants next year: the Oshawa plant in Ontario, Canada; Hamtramck in Detroit, Michigan and Lordstown in Warren, Ohio. Four other facilities are falling under the ax.
Trump said General Motors owed the country after having been bailed out by tax payer money following the 2008 financial crash.
‘You know, the United States saved General Motors and for (CEO Mary Barra) to take that company out of Ohio is not good,’ he said.
Trump said he’d been told that the Chevrolet Cruz model was failing to sell, ‘but hopefully she’s going to come back and put’ a different model in.