Transcript for GM workers respond to news of shutdown: 'Everyone is scared'
tonight to the president and his threat against general motors today, after GM announced plans to cut thousands of jobs in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland. The news just weeks before Christmas. Tonight, the president is now threatening to withdraw subsidies if GM doesn't change course. But does he have the power to do that? ABC's Eva pilgrim is in Michigan with the American workers asking, how could this happen? Reporter: Tonight, the president taking aim on GM with a threat, after the largest automaker in the U.S. Announced it was shutting down five plants and eliminating nearly 15,000 jobs. The president tweeting, "Very disappointed with general motors and their CEO, Mary barra, for closing plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland. Nothing being closed in Mexico and China. The U.S. Saved general motors, and this is the thanks we get! We are now looking at cutting all GM subsidies, including for electric cars." The threat comes after the president vented his frustration directly at CEO Mary barra. I spoke to her and I expressed the fact that I am not happy with what she did. Reporter: Tonight, GM responding, saying it needs to "Support growth in trucks and SUVs." That consumer demand forced them to eliminate low selling cars. For workers here in Detroit, shock and devastation. John Sanker is a father of three. It's scary, because a lot of jobs are going to be lost and everybody's afraid of what they're going to do for their families. Reporter: Tara Gress has worked for GM for 19 years. They just -- we're just a number now. Reporter: This cutback undermining the promise president trump made on the campaign trail. Let me tell folks in Ohio and this area, don't sell your house. We're going to get those values up. We're going to get those jobs back and we're going to fill those factories or rip them down and build new ones. Reporter: GM also profiting from the president's tax cut, the company saying they've gotten a benefit of $157 million this year. Something Democrats pounced on today. He does nothing but divide the country and start culture wars, and behind the scenes, the American worker is getting screwed by a company that got one of his huge tax cuts. Eva joins us live outside Detroit tonight, and Eva, we heard the threats from the president there. Can the president target these subsidies, take them away, in effect, without congress helping him? Reporter: David, the president cannot act on this issue without congress, and the idea that congress would pass legislation targeting a specific company is highly unlikely. David? Eva pilgrim in Michigan again tonight. Eva, thank you.
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