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A day earlier, Trump issued a vague threat to GM warning it to preserve a key plant in the presidential bellwether state of OH, where the company has marked its Lordstown plant for closure.

Very disappointed with General Motors and their CEO, Mary Barra, for closing plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland. "Nothing being closed in Mexico & China".

"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, referencing the recently negotiated U.S. -Mexico-Canada trade agreement. "We are going to be looking at certain subsidies regarding electric cars and others and whether they should apply or not". "I am here to protect America's Workers!" he declared.

Trump's incendiary tweet came a short time after National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said the White House's reaction was "a tremendous amount of disappointment maybe even spilling over into anger".

Mr Kudlow, who met with Ms Barra on Monday, said Mr Trump felt betrayed by GM, which the Government had been trying to help.

"We've done this to help you and I think his disappointment is, it seems like that they kind of turned [their] back on him."

The White House rebuke appears to fly in the face of long-held Republican opposition to picking winners and losers in the marketplace. It's not clear precisely what, or when, action may be taken.

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White House spokesman Sarah Sanders told reporters on Tuesday that the president is looking into options.

He said that the administration would be looking at certain electric vehicle subsidies, but that he "can't say anything final about that".

Among the vehicles GM offers is the battery-powered Chevrolet Bolt, which can travel 383 kilometres on a single charge. If this were to happen, it could prove disastrous for the company as it has plans to introduce at least 20 new electric vehicles by 2023.

GM is ending production of six vehicles, including the Volt, as it cuts more than 6500 factory jobs. The automaker, one of the largest in the world, announced that it is considering shutting down 5 major plants in North America very soon as a part of its restructuring process to start making electric and autonomous cars.

Meanwhile, it's a fallacy to suggest that the new deal could have either prevented or ended up expediting the cuts, said Dan Ujczo, an OH trade lawyer who hails from Lordstown, the same community outside Cleveland that's home to one of the five GM plants where production is to cease next year.

And Trump himself is crystallizing that disappointment, threatening to pull federal help for the automaker if it follows through on plans to build new interconnected, electric-powered vehicles outside the US - particularly in China, the president's main trade rival.

Rather, the cuts are entirely about General Motors preparing for what industry experts agree will be a hard and challenging future for old-school automakers, and doing so at a time when its balance sheet is relatively healthy and the company has room to manoeuvre, he said. That figure was about 50 per cent cars just five years ago.

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