Trump Says He Told GM They Should 'Make A Better Car'

Wednesday, 28 Nov, 2018

In October, nearly 65 percent of new vehicles sold in the USA were trucks or SUVs. That figure was about 50 percent cars just five years ago.

General Motors workers leave the Oshawa General Motors plant in Oshawa, Ontario, on Monday. "I once again urged GM to make a commitment to bring a new product to the plant, especially since GM is proposing to build a number of new electric vehicles", Senator Portman said.

Trump added: "I said 'I heard you're closing your plant, '" he recalled from his conversation with Barra.

GM is cutting more than 6,000 hourly and salaried workers at its plants and 15 percent of the salaried workers in North America for a total of more than 10,000. Some will take buyouts while others will be laid off. GM said more than 14,000 jobs in the US and Canada were being slashed, the majority being white collar workers and others of factory workers.

General Motors Co said on Monday it would cut production of slow-selling models and slash its North American workforce in the face of a stagnant market for traditional gas-powered sedans, shifting more investment to electric and autonomous vehicles.

The White House is threatening to curtail federal subsidies for electric cars in response to General Motors' decision to shut down auto production at plants in OH and MI.

While boss Mary Barra insisted the firm is positive about the future, the plan will send a chill through markets, given Cadillac and Chevrolet maker GM's traditional role as a bellwether for the U.S. economy.

"You may find additional announcements coming on that topic".

Trump's threat came a day after GM announced plans to cut 14,000 jobs and shut five facilities in North America including the plant in Lordstown, Ohio, dealing a blow to the president's promise to help auto workers.

Many of those who will lose jobs are now working on conventional cars with internal combustion engines.

"I think there's a tremendous amount of disappointment even spilling into anger", Kudlow said. The couple has an 11-month-old at home.

"We are now looking at cutting all General Motors subsidies, including for electric cars", he wrote.

Trump has long promised to return manufacturing jobs to the United States and particularly the Midwest. "They better put something else in", said Trump. The president said that he was "very tough" with GM CEO Mary Barra when speaking with her after the announcement.

Trump's threats come 16 months after Trump visited OH, a state he won in the 2016 election by more than 8 percentage points, and promised residents that their jobs are "all coming back". Most of the affected factories build cars that won't be sold in the US after next year.

General Motors announced Monday it will cease production of the Chevy Cruze in early 2019 - the only vehicle its Lordstown plant produces.

While GM is buying out and laying off workers in its core auto operations, the automaker has added close to 1,000 people in the past year at Cruise.

The Detroit-based union has already condemned GM's actions and threatened to fight them "through every legal, contractual and collective bargaining avenue open to our membership".

"I said, those jobs have left Ohio".