The spat between the Trump Administration and GM took a more dramatic turn recently, with the White House tweeting disapproval and threats to the car maker after the announcement that it would close five plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland and lay off approximately 14,000 people. The closures are a political embarrassment to Trump, who campaigned as an economic protection candidate, particularly in the rust belt. In a series of Tweets, the president threatened to pull GM’s “subsidies,” a message which has left many scratching their heads in confusion.

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