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Trump's threats against GM fit a pattern: More bark than bite

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has been firing angry ultimatums at General Motors all week, threatening to cut subsidies to the automaker and recoup old bailout losses after GM announced it would close four U.S. plants and one in Canada to eliminate nearly 14,000 jobs.

As with other threats Trump has made as president, these may be little more than bark.

Administration officials could point to no specific actions the administration is considering, much less taking, even as they scrupulously avoided making any public comments that would contradict the president.

Trump may yet find a way to penalize the

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