Tim Ryan: Retaliating against GM is not part of the path forward

Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John Ryan2020 Democrat: Pelosi is 'juggling a caucus that's divided' 2020 Democrat: Pelosi is 'juggling a caucus that's divided' 2020 Democrat: Harriet Tubman will be on 'within the first year of my presidency' MORE (D-Ohio) said that retaliating against General Motors after the automaker shuttered a number of factories should not be "a part of the path forward."

During a CNN interview, host Poppy Harlow asked Ryan is he was in favor of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE’s suggestion to strip GM of incentives after the carmaker announced plans to slash approximately 15,000 jobs and shutter up to four U.S. factories on Monday, including one in Lordstown, Ohio.

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“I don’t think hurting General Motors is a part of the path forward," said Ryan, whose district includes the Lordstown plant.

"I’m going to work with the president, I had a five minute conversation with the vice president, I’m playing phone tag with incoming Republican governor in Ohio, Mike DeWine, we’re all going to work together to make this happen,” he said.

“We need General Motors to be a successful company. We have thousands and thousands of people getting General Motors pensions in our community, so to potentially hurt their company is foolish. Now we’re going to lose 1,600 jobs and then we’re going to damage and maybe bankrupt the pension, " he said. "We want to work with General Motors, as upset as we all are.”

Ryan also explained the historical importance of GM's plant to his district. 

“I don’t want this plan to lay there idle. … We want [GM’s] future to be in Lordstown Ohio. This has been a legacy plant since 1966, our community is tied intricately with the General Motors plant there.”