Moving quickly on a promise to spark job creation in the manufacturing sector, President Donald Trump will meet with the CEOs of the Detroit’s Big 3 automakers on Tuesday morning at the White House.
At his first full press briefing today, new White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made note of Trump’s plans to hold a breakfast meeting with GM CEO Mary Barra, Ford CEO Mark Fields and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne. Representatives of each of the three confirmed they will attend.
Spicer said the general theme is a discussion of how “to bring more jobs back to the industry.” In recent days, Trump has repeated a campaign pledge to renegotiate or withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which critics in Michigan and elsewhere argue has cost the auto industry thousands of jobs since its enactment in the 1990s, even though the evidence is mixed.
Trump became the first Republican presidential nominee to win Michigan since 1988 after running a campaign in which he promised to revitalize manufacturing in the U.S. and penalize American companies — including automakers — who use operations in Mexico or other countries to hold costs down on products imported back into the U.S.
American automakers have been notching strong profits in recent years but throughout the campaign, Trump complained about manufacturers creating jobs in Mexico and other countries rather than the U.S.
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