Kudlow says GM CEO may go to Ohio with Trump

FILE PHOTO: White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks to members of the news media after giving an interview to CNBC at the White House in Washington, U.S. August 6, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors GM.N chief executive Mary Barra may go to Ohio with President Donald Trump to attend a meeting in the state where the largest U.S. automaker has ended production at a car assembly plant, an aide to Trump said Friday.

Barra, who met with Trump on Thursday, has come under harsh criticism from Trump for announcing plans to close four U.S. plants, including a Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant that ended production earlier this year.

“Mary Barra is doing her best to open up plants. I think it’s possible the president will go with her to a meeting and a discussion in Ohio,” National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow told CNBC Friday. Barra “expressed her support for our reforms on CAFE fuel standards,” Kudlow added. GM is not among the four automakers that have reached a voluntary agreement with California on fuel efficiency rules.

Reporting by David Shepardson and Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama