Trump administration exerting "a lot of pressure" following GM layoff announcement

DETROIT (AP/WJBK) -- President Donald Trump says his administration and lawmakers are exerting "a lot of pressure" on General Motors in response to its decision to cut up to tens of thousands of workers in North America and possibly shutter up to five plants.

Trump says he's being very tough on GM chief executive officer Mary Barra. He says he told the company that the U.S. has done a lot for GM and that if its cars aren't selling, the company needs to produce ones that will.

The plant in Lordstown, Ohio, that makes the Chevrolet Cruze compact car is on the possible closure list. Trump says GM needs to "get a car that is selling well and put it back" into the Ohio plant.

On Monday, GM officials announced their decision to lay off 14,000 factory and white-collar workers in North America. The company said this is part of a plan that restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.

GM doesn't foresee an economic downturn and is making the cuts "to get in front of it while the company is strong and while the economy is strong," CEO Mary Barra told reporters.

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