The mayor of a town where General Motors CEO Mary Barra said her company would shut down production expressed disappointment with The Daily Briefing on Tuesday.
Barra said plants in Lordstown, Ohio, Hamtramck, Michigan, Baltimore, Maryland, and the Canadian city of Oshawa, Ont. would cease production in 2019 with the discontinuation of the Chevrolet Cruze sedan, Chevy Impala and other models.
Market watchers said that smaller cars are becoming less popular in the era of crossover vehicles and lower gasoline prices.
President Trump responded by threatening to cut subsidies for GM.
Arno Hill, the mayor of Lordstown, joined Dana Perino and said he was "disheartened" at hearing the news.
He said he thought the cars made in Lordstown were the "best product," but that the market said otherwise.
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"We are hoping that we will stop production and not permanently close the plant," Hill said.
14,000 people reportedly work at the Lordstown plant.
Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) said the move was "pure economy," but that "we have to take care of the workers" – calling it a "sad day."
Hill said he still supports Trump and is talking to union representatives on how to keep the plant "viable" for possible future production to return.
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