United States threaten to impose tariff rate on Chinese goods

'You better get back in there soon’: Trump vows to get tough with General Motors over plant closures

Before GM can shutter factories next year in Michigan, Ohio and Ontario, Canada, it must reach agreement with the United Auto Workers union.

Mr Trump said that he was "very disappointed" with Mary Barra, right, GM's chief executive, after it emerged that GM would cut about 14,000 jobs from its global workforce of 180,000.

While the decision to close the plants appears more related to the industry trends and consumer demand, experts told Business Insider that Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum - which GM says have helped drive up its costs by $1 billion this year - most likely accelerated GM's timeframe. He argued that would make USA -made vehicles of the same class more competitive and create jobs at home.

THE FACTS: Automakers have been steadily hiring since 2010 when Barack Obama was president.

President Trump speaks to reports outside the White House as he departs for a campaign rally for Republican Sen.

However, taking away that credit, which is phasing out for GM models anyway, may prove hard for Mr. Trump.

Lighthizer said China's policies continue to cause "severe harm" to us manufacturers, and "as of yet, China has not come to the table with proposals for meaningful reform". "It's important to note that the factors that prompted GM's recent decision, the declining sales of the Chevy Cruze, were not due to the quality of the auto or the capability of the workforce, but rather current consumer preference", the letter states.

When President Trump visited Youngstown, he told to the crowd of 8,000 people that he noticed the skeletal remains of once occupied factories.

GM still has to set aside $2 billion to pay for the layoffs and buyouts, but according to UAW President Gary Jones, workers would rather have their jobs.

Auto companies employ far fewer workers than they did in 2000. "Ohio's been good to General Motors and General Motors understands OH".

"We're gonna work on this and I'm gonna take the president at his word", Brown said. The German automaker now imports engines and transmissions from Europe for SUVs made in the US, and it's building a new factory in Mexico.

German brands dominate the U.S. luxury auto market and account for tens of thousands of U.S.jobs at assembly plants alone, mostly in the U.S. South. Trump said Monday that he expected to move ahead with raising tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports to 25 percent from the current 10 percent, and repeated his threat to slap tariffs on all remaining imports from China.

Trump also exaggerates the recovery of the steel industry.

As of October, there were roughly 382,000 U.S.jobs in the manufacturing of primary metals such as steel, down from 622,000 jobs in 2000. But it's clearly trended downward since 2000 when the sector had 621,800 jobs. It was one of many such pledges by large companies - even though some were reiterating existing plans - meant to gain favor with the new administration. Construction spending on factories has yet to significantly take off after having fallen between 2016 and much of 2018.

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