Trump to Detroit Automakers: 'There is No More Beautiful Sight Than an American-Made Car'

Monica Sanchez | March 15, 2017
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President Trump delivered remarks to autoworkers and car executives in Detroit, Mich., on Wednesday.

During his speech, Trump announced that he plans to revisit the Obama administration rule on greenhouse gas emissions that requires automakers to produce car and truck fleets averaging more than 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

“I’m sure you’ve all heard the big news that we’re going to work on the CAFE standards so you can make cars in America again,” he said. “We’re going to help the companies and they’re gonna help you.”

Speaking under a banner that reads, “Buy American – Hire American,” Trump went on to call automakers to manufacture in the U.S., saying that he will “fight to keep the automobile production in the United States of America, not outside.”

“There is no more beautiful sight than an American-made car,” said the President.

“There’s consequences to pay for the companies that desert us and fire our employees,” he warned.

Trump listed the progress that’s already been made, including how Ford will be adding 700 new jobs to its plant in Flat Rock, Mich., how Fiat Chrysler plans to create 2,000 new jobs in Michigan and Ohio, and how General Motors told him today that they will be adding or retaining 900 jobs in Michigan over the next 12 months in addition to $1 billion in U.S. investments announced earlier this year.

The President promised “a new future of American auto motor leadership.”

Trump added that he has a “very big announcement” having to do with the auto industry that he will be sharing next week.  

“Let’s keep them guessing back there,” he said, as he pointed toward the press.

Trump had a very busy day in Michigan.

Ahead of the speech, the President held a roundtable discussion with auto industry CEOs, including executives from Detroit’s “Big Three” automakers, General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler.

He told executives that his administration will reopen the review on fuel efficiency standards carried out by the Obama administration and will work to eliminate “the industry killing regulations” that hinder job creation and encourage companies to outsource their manufacturing.  

He also met with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver to discuss her city’s ongoing water crisis.

Ahead of his trip, Trump tweeted, “CEO's most optimistic since 2009. It will only get better as we continue to slash unnecessary regulations and when we begin our big tax cut!”

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