President Trump Thinks Auto Tariffs Would Have Saved GM's Plants

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on election night

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on election night Aleksei Pavloff

"Look, we made this deal, we've worked with you along the way, we've done other things with mileage standards, for example, and other related regulations", Kudlow said.

As Business Insider's Matthew DeBord pointed out, the threat to cut the EV credit is essentially meaningless to GM, since the credit already set to expire within the next two years. It could also have a profound and immediate impact on the USA economy, as it could drive up the cost of automobiles for a huge segment of auto buyers, forcing Americans to rethink major purchases that in the past have helped the economy grow.

Brown did support Trump's call for a steel tariff, but said Thursday GM has not cited the tariffs as a factor in its cutback call. "We can't fault them for that", Wyndham said. "He doesn't always do what he says, but he promised this, and we're going to move forward and hope we can get this through Congress". "The President has great power on this issue - Because of the G.M. event, it is being studied now!"

"That cost will be carry over to the pocket books of people buying cars", Samuelsson shared with Higgins during the Los Angeles auto show on Wednesday. A day earlier, Trump issued a vague threat to GM to preserve a key plant in the presidential bellwether state of OH, where the company has marked its Lordstown plant for closure. Congress is not considering any measure that would penalize auto imports.

Brown argued that Trump blamed him for the closure exclusively "because he can't blame himself and he needed to blame a Democrat".

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The publication said Trump could make the move as soon as next week, now that the Commerce Department has presented him with a report that he asked for on the possibility of doing so on "national security" grounds-the same justification the president used for his steel and aluminum tariffs. "This is unacceptable - we need as many OH signatures as possible to deliver to GM headquarters now".

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About 14,700, including 6,000 factory workers, will be laid off because of the five plant closures. As of now, GM shares are back to where they were before Monday's big announcement. "GM's production decisions, in light of employee concessions during the economic downturn and a taxpayer bailout from bankruptcy, puts profits before the working families of this country whose personal sacrifices stood with GM during those dark days". On Tuesday, he threatened to take away any government subsidies. "If the administration continues forward with its misguided and reckless reliance on tariffs, I will work to advance trade legislation to curtail presidential trade authority", Senator Orrin Hatch told reporters this summer. United States imports of new passenger vehicles and parts were worth more than $340 billion previous year.

Mnuchin later deleted his endorsement of that statement, though would not provide more information into what happened or who was involved.

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