Trump himself has not tweeted about the moves; he has focused his Monday social media posts on immigration, a threat to close the southern border, and Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III's ongoing Russian Federation election meddling probe. But we will all together get the point across to General Motors.
Kudlow said the Trump administration will be looking into subsidies for "electric cars and others".
The reductions could amount to as much as 8 percent of GM's global workforce of 180,000 employees.
"We don't like it", Trump said, adding "I believe they'll be opening up something else". Fiat Chrysler Automobiles got out of small and midsize cars two years ago, while Ford announced plans to shed all cars but the Mustang sports auto in the U.S.in the coming years.
About 6,000 factory workers could lose jobs in the USA and Canada, although some could transfer to truck plants.
General Motors will cut more than 14,000 salaried staff and factory workers and close seven factories worldwide by the end of next year, part of a sweeping realignment to prepare for a future of electric and self-driving vehicles.
Among the possibilities on the chopping block are the Detroit/Hamtramck assembly plant, which makes the Buick LaCrosse, the Chevrolet Impala and Volt, and the Cadillac CT6, all slow-selling cars. But Bob Lutz, GM's former vice-chairman, said the company was facing "hard facts". In July 2017, speaking at a rally about 20 miles away in Youngstown (Ohio), Trump said he saw too many empty factories in the area and pledged to revive manufacturing there.
Four factories in the USA and one in Canada could be shuttered by the end of 2019 if the automaker and its unions don't come up with an agreement to allocate more work to those facilities.
"There's great disappointment that it seems like GM would rather build its electric cars in China rather than the United States", Kudlow said.
Around 6,700 line workers in the United States and Canada will be "at risk" of losing their jobs, but the United Auto Workers (UAW) union suggested Monday that layoffs and furloughs would be discussed in upcoming contract meetings.
"We are now looking at cutting all GM subsidies, including for electric cars".
Like Trump, Sen. Chris Van Hollen said in a statement that he was "deeply disappointed and frustrated" with the company.
Ms Barra said the company faced challenges from tariffs but she did not directly link the layoffs to them.
GM previous year promised to launch a fleet of 20 new battery electric vehicles in North America by 2023, along with at least 10 new electric vehicles in China by 2020. GM complains that Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum have cut into the company's profits this year. "In the meantime, we've set up a jobs center to help employees find new work as quickly as possible", he said in the statement.
GM opened the Lordstown plant in the late 1960s in the southwest corner of Trumbull County. Ford said in April it planned to stop building almost all cars in North America.