Trudeau speaks with Trump about GM layoffs

Trudeau speaks with Trump about GM layoffs
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that he spoke with President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE about General Motors's plans to shutter factories in the U.S. and Canada.

"President @RealDonaldTrump and I had a good call today to discuss GM, the auto industry and how best to support people affected on both sides of the border. We’re going to keep working to address continued trade barriers as we head into the @G20org summit this week," Trudeau wrote on Twitter.


The White House said in a statement that Trump and Trudeau "discussed their disappointment" in GM's announcement, and their plans for the Group of 20 (G-20) summit this week in Argentina.

The two leaders spoke one day after GM announced plans to slash 15,000 jobs and close manufacturing sites in Lordstown, Ohio; Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich.; and Oshawa, Ontario in Canada, and auto parts factories in Warren, Mich., and White Marsh, Md.

The decision drew overwhelming criticism from lawmakers. Trudeau and Trump on Monday both expressed disappointment in the decision.

Trump said he urged GM CEO Mary Barra to get back into Ohio "soon," and that he warned her she's "playing around with the wrong person." 

The president escalated his criticism on Tuesday, threatening to end the company's federal tax credit for electric vehicles in retaliation for the announced layoffs.

GM said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that it appreciated “the actions this administration has taken on behalf of industry to improve the overall competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing” and said “many of the U.S. workers impacted” by the layoffs “will have the opportunity to shift to other GM plants.”

"Yesterday’s announcements support our ability to invest for future growth and position the company for long-term success and maintain and grow American jobs,” the company said.

Trudeau and Trump's disapproval of GM's announcement served as common ground for the two leaders after months of disagreement over trade policies.

The U.S. levied tariffs against its ally earlier this year, prompting Canada to respond with duties on U.S. imports. Trump publicly criticized Trudeau on a number of occasions over trade, while Trudeau asserted Canada would "not be pushed around."

The two sides came together in October to agree to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a revised version of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Both Trudeau and Trump are set to attend this week's G-20 Summit, though the two leaders are not scheduled to meet one-on-one. 

Updated at 9:22 p.m.