President Trump to Detroit Autoworkers: Your Jobs are Safe With Me
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President Donald Trump came to the Detroit area on Wednesday, Mar. 15 with a message of hope for autoworkers, promising to save their jobs and to cut regulations.
“I’m going to fight to keep vehicle production in the United States,” the President said. “There is no more beautiful sight than an American made car.”
At the event, President Trump announced that his administration would resume a mid-term review, started last year by the Obama administration, of regulations on greenhouse gases.
“Just days before my administration took office, the EPA cut short a mid-term review. Today, I am announcing that we are going to cancel that executive action. We are going to restore the originally scheduled midterm review,” Trump said. “It was necessary because the standards were set far into the future. If the standards threaten auto jobs, then common sense changes could have — and should have — been made.”
Before speaking, Trump held a roundtable discussion with administration officials and auto industry leaders, including, per pool reports, Administrator of the EPA Scott Pruitt, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, and the heads of General Motors, Chrysler, Ford, and several others. Also present for the meeting was Governor Rick Snyder, and UAW President Dennis Williams.
At one point during the discussion, the President told Jim Lents, the CEO of Toyota North America, “you have to start building plants here. I know I gave you a hard time, but you have to build them here.”
“I understand,” Lentz responded. “I understand.”
“We’re going to bring a lot of jobs back to Michigan and Ohio and Pennsylvania,” the President said before asking the participants to build modern plants “like the ones you’ve built in Mexico.”
After United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams expressed concern about environmental standards for the industry, the President said “we all agree with you 100%. We want you to make great cars but if it takes an extra thimble of fuel, we want you to do it.”
The visit to the Great Lakes state was the President’s first since taking office in January. He was last in Michigan on Friday, Dec. 9 as a part of his “USA Thank You Tour” across states which he won in the Nov. 8 election. Trump was accompanied on the trip by Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon, Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Senior Advisor Stephen Miller, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, and Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker.