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"These are things we're doing to strengthen the core business", GM chief executive and chairwoman Mary Barra told reporters Monday.

Workers and Lordstown residents noted that GM didn't say the plant was being shuttered for good and held out hope a new vehicle would be added there or even another auto company would buy the hulking complex that has produced the Vega, Cobalt, Cavalier and other models during the past half century. The company also plans to stop building several models now assembled at those plants, including the Chevrolet Cruze, the Cadillac CT6 and the Buick LaCrosse.

At a rally near the plant last summer, Mr. Trump talked about passing by big factories whose jobs "have left OH", then told people not to sell their homes because the jobs are "coming back".

GM's North American salaried workforce, including engineers and executives, will shrink by 15 percent, or about 8,000 jobs. The company said this is part of a plan that restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles. That figure was about 50 percent cars just five years ago.

Kudlow said the Trump administration will be looking into subsidies for "electric cars and others".

On Twitter, Van Hollen wrote: "After President Trump and Congressional Republicans spent months telling us that their tax cuts for corporate billionaires would also boost jobs and wages for workers - this is what American workers get from the Trump Tax Scam?" Ford said in April it planned to stop building almost all cars in North America. In October, nearly 65 percent of new vehicles sold in the U.S. were trucks or SUVs.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman, a Republican from OH, said he's "deeply frustrated" with GM's decision to shut down a plant in Lordstown and is pressing Barra to come up with an alternative product for the factory.

GM earlier on Monday announced the closure of seven of its factories around the world as part of a restructuring plan.

The iconic but sorely controversial Detroit-Hamtramck factory is among five facilities that will be shut down, pending talks with the relevant workers' union, starting next year.

Sedans have gone from more than half of USA sales as recently as 2012 to just about 30 per cent of the market this year. She said the company could increase its investments in electronic and autonomous vehicles. Not at all. We've let our position be known and we're not happy about it", "This country has done a lot for General Motors. However, the president's policies have contributed to the problem according to GM, who have pointed towards rising costs for suppliers, namely steel tariffs.

The move is likely to lead to the loss of more than 14,000 jobs in North America, including over 6,100 shift workers at the plants. GM said more than 14,000 jobs in the USA and Canada were being slashed, the majority being white collar workers and others of factory workers. "That's what we're working towards", Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Tuesday. Some UAW workers could land jobs at other GM factories, but many will face uncertain futures unless GM reverses course.

GM opened the Lordstown plant in the late 1960s in the southwest corner of Trumbull County. The factory is still in operation and now builds the Sonic and the Bolt electric auto.

Among the vehicles GM offers is the battery-powered Chevrolet Bolt, which can travel 383 kilometres on a single charge.