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GM CEO: Car Company Aligned With Trump, Supports US Jobs

General Motors CEO and chairwoman Mary Barra (Richard Drew/AP)

By    |   Friday, 22 March 2019 12:17 PM

General Motors CEO and chairwoman Mary Barra said Friday morning that the auto company is aligned with President Donald Trump to put American jobs and workers first as it revealed plans to build an all-electric vehicle in Michigan.

Speaking with Fox Business Network at the GM plant in Lake Orion, Michigan, Barra shrugged off the suggestion that the company is trying simply to satisfy Trump by building the new car, the details of which have not been revealed, on U.S. soil. The company made headlines recently by shuttering its Lordstown, Ohio plant.

"When we talk about jobs, investing in the U.S. workforce in the American worker, that's where General Motors, and I think the president, are very aligned," Barra said. "We want to create jobs, good-paying jobs. And when you look at having a strong economy, we're making decisions to make sure General Motors continues to be a strong company.

"And that's what allows us to make the announcement today, investing in the future with an all-new electric vehicle."

Regarding the Lordstown plant, Barra said the facility was designed for the construction of small cars, which are in lower demand than they used to be. Repurposing the factory to build larger vehicles, such as the Blazer that's now built in Mexico, would be a challenge.

"The Lordstown plant was specifically designed to build small cars, so it makes it very difficult to put in another product," she said. "But we will continue to investigate any opportunity that comes up. We'll continue to work with the stakeholders in the community because we want to do the right thing for the community.

"But we've gotta make sure it's gonna be a sustainable business because the worst thing would be to do something that isn't a sustainable business and then people find themselves in a difficult decision all over again."

Barra would not provide any details about the new electric vehicle GM is building, saying information would come out "in the not-too-distant future."

"As we solve customer pain points related to EV, I definitely think they're the future," she said.

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General Motors CEO and chairwoman Mary Barra said Friday morning that the auto company is aligned with President Donald Trump to put American jobs and workers first as it revealed plans to build an all-electric vehicle in Michigan.
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