Lordstown sits in Trumbull County, which Trump carried by about 6,000 votes as he won Ohio in 2016. Ohio has supported the presidential election winner in every contest since 1964.
It's not just Ohio where GM's move could reverberate politically. The company plans to cut as many as 1,800 factory jobs at two facilities in Detroit and Warren, Michigan. Most will come from the Detroit plant.
In 2016, Trump became the first Republican to win Michigan since 1988, in part because of his trade and manufacturing rhetoric. But the state moved away from Trump in this year's midterms, as Democrats won both its gubernatorial and Senate races while flipping two U.S. House seats.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said she was "deeply disappointed" by the move, adding that it would have a "devastating impact" on workers and their families. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., said he was "extremely disappointed" and urged Congress and the Trump administration to "focus on policies that encourage automakers to invest" in the United States.
Trump has targeted specific companies before over their restructuring or relocation plans as he tries to follow through on his campaign pledge to boost American manufacturing. He has cheered firms such as Foxconn for hiring in the U.S., and criticized companies such as Harley-Davidson for moving operations overseas.
Automakers in particular have earned Trump's ire over the years, as many have moved operations to lower-cost Mexico. Shortly before he took office in 2017, Trump targeted GM itself and threatened a "big border tax" if it did not make its Chevy Cruze model in the U.S.
Ford also announced an $11 billion restructuring plan recently but has given little detail about what the overhaul will entail. Trump has repeatedly commended GM's rival for its plans to invest in Michigan plants.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — who has earned Trump's ire for American businesses' decisions to relocate to his country — also said he spoke with Barra to "express [his] deep disappointment" about GM's plan to close its plant in Oshawa, Ontario.
During negotiations for a new North American trade agreement, Trump reportedly threatened Canada with auto tariffs, which could have forced GM to move its production of the Chevrolet Impala and other models out of the Oshawa facility. The president said that "every time we have a problem with a point, I just put up a picture of a Chevrolet Impala," according to the Toronto Star.
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