The mayor of a city where General Motors General Director Mary Barra said her company would close production and expressed disappointment on Tuesday in "The Daily Briefing."
Barra said the plants in Lordstown, Ohio, Hamtramck, Michigan, Baltimore, Md., And the Canadian city of Oshawa, Ont. production would cease in 2019 with the interruption 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 gas prices.
President Trump responded by threatening to cut subsidies to GM.
Arno Hill, the mayor of Lordstown, joined Dana Perino and said he was "sad" to hear the news.
He said he thought that cars made in Lordstown were the "best product" but that the market said otherwise.
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"We are hopeful that we are finishing production and do not permanently close the plant," Hill said.
According to reports, 14,000 people work at the Lordstown plant.
The governor of Ohio, John Kasich (R), said the measure 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 about how to keep the plant "viable" so that future production can return.
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