(CNSNews.com) - General Motors, which received billions in government bailout funds, announced Monday that it is laying off 15,000 jobs and halting production at three assembly plants - Detroit, Ohio, and Canada.
President Donald Trump said Monday that he spoke to GM Chief Executive Mary Barra and expressed his displeasure.
“Well, we don’t like it. I believe they'll be opening up something else, and I was very tough. I spoke with her when I heard they were closing, and I said, ‘You know, this country has done a lot for General Motors. You better get back in there soon. That's Ohio, and you better get back in there soon,’” he told reporters before heading to Mississippi.
“So we have a lot of pressure on them. You have senators. You have a lot of other people -- a lot of pressure. They say the Chevy Cruze is not selling well. I say, ‘Well, then get somebody -- get a car that is selling well and put it back in.’ So I think you're going to see something else happen there, but I'm not happy about it,” he added.
“Their car is not selling well. So they'll put something else -- I have no doubt that, in a not-too-distant future, they'll put something else. They better put something else in,” the president said.
GM has cut production on a number of car models that haven’t been selling as well and plans to focus more on developing electric and autonomous vehicles. The company is considering closing additional plants in Baltimore and Warren, Mich., as well as two more overseas.