Trump Tells Autoworkers in Ypsilanti US will Display 'Manufacturing Might'

Peter Castro
March 16, 2017

Trump on Wednesday also told a roundtable of automotive chief executives that he would help them if the relationship ran both ways. There are already more than 100 vehicle and SUV models that meet standards that stretch beyond 2020, with the Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Spark and Smart ForTwo already matching the 2025 standard.

New EPA administrator Scott Pruitt also announced today that the agency in coordination with the Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will reconsider the final determination and decide by April 1, 2018 whether the Obama-era CAFE standards will stand.

In Michigan, Trump will meet with chief executives from General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and top US executives from Toyota Motor Corp, Daimler AG and others, and speak to autoworkers.

Mr. Trump, whose event at times seemed like a campaign rally, said he wanted to review the regulations to determine if they hindered the automakers. With the review back on, the industry is "asking for different flexibilities" to allow for meeting the standards in different ways, said the industry official.

He made a vague reference to companies like Ford, General Motors, and others that have pledged to build plants here in recent weeks.

Automakers argue that the gas-mileage targets make it too expensive for the industry to produce more high-mileage cars given the consumer preference to purchase larger vehicles that are less fuel-efficient.

Trump made his remarks at the facility standing in front of a banner with his administration's "Buy American, hire American" mantra, one he has touted in several economic speeches.

He teased another unspecified "very big announcement" related to the auto industry coming next week. Back in 2012, Peter Kent, the environment minister in the Conservative government of the time, unveiled new rules aimed at cutting emissions and fuel consumption after the US government finalized its own standards. But with a new administration in office, Ford and other automakers are claiming the standards are unrealistic and too hard to reach, and that consumers aren't interested in fuel efficiency. "It has nothing to do with their ability to meet these standards".

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President Trump is reinstating a previous deadline for review.

Consumers Union, a branch of Consumer Reports, on Wednesday called the president's decision "nonsensical".

Last month, I joined the president at the White House as he signed an executive order instructing EPA to roll back the Waters of the United States rule. Environmentalists have vowed to sue if the Trump administration weakens them.

"The a technology superpower", they said.

"My bet is there will be a real effort to get everybody on board on a standard that is not as stringent as what was done in 2012", he said.

"It's great to have the president here and to have a great discussion and show him about the American Center for Mobility", Snyder said.

Trump said, "We are going to ensure that any regulations we have protect and defend your jobs, your factories". "We're going to be fair".

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