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Trump tests presidential limits by threat to General Motors

Posted: 9:28 AM, Nov 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-28 14:28:23Z

President Donald Trump is testing the limits of his presidential authority and political muscle by threatening to slash all federal subsidies to General Motors because of its planned job cuts in the U.S.

Trump unloaded on Twitter on Tuesday, a day after GM announced it would shutter five plants and slash 14,000 jobs in North America. Many of the job cuts would affect the Midwest, the politically crucial region where the president promised a manufacturing rebirth.

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

He says his administration is "looking at cutting all GM subsidies, including for electric cars."