Trump: America Will Be ‘Car Capital of the World Again’

President pledges to nix Obama emissions standards, change U.S. trade policies to re-energize auto industry

by Kathryn Blackhurst | Updated 15 Mar 2017 at 11:44 PM

President Donald Trump announced plans to cancel one of former President Obama’s executive orders and pursue other measures to re-energize America’s auto industry during a speech Wednesday at Willow Run Airport near Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Trump signaled his administration’s intention to reverse the Environmental Protect Agency’s decision under the Obama administration to keep some of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards’ most stringent restrictions — the regulations infuriated auto manufacturers. Promising to “work on the CAFE standards” so the auto industry “can make cars in America again,” the president vowed to “help the companies” so they can “help you.”

“We are going to restore the originally scheduled midterm review and we are going to ensure that any regulations we have protect and defend your jobs, your factories. We’re going to be fair.”

“So we’re here not simply to honor the past but to devote ourselves to a new future of American automotive leadership,” Trump said. “We want to be the car capital of the world again. We will be, and it won’t be long, believe me.”

Noting that he was canceling Obama’s executive action, the president promised American auto workers a “fair” deal.

“We are going to restore the originally scheduled midterm review and we are going to ensure that any regulations we have protect and defend your jobs, your factories. We’re going to be fair,” Trump said. “That is why I’m proud to say I followed through on my promise — and by the way, many other promises.”

The president also touted General Motors’ Wednesday announcement the company would retain 900 jobs in Michigan previously considered for offshoring, saying that this announcement is “just the beginning.”

“There is no more beautiful sight than an American-made car — no more beautiful sight,” Trump said. “I love this state. I love the people of this state and you did me a big favor because you gave me a victory and that victory hasn’t been won by a Republican in a long time.”

“During the campaign, I came to Michigan again and again and I made this promise: that I am going to fight for your jobs and I am going to fight very, very hard,” Trump added. “I’m going to fight for Michigan workers. I’m going to keep automobile production in the United States of America — not outside — in the United States.”

Pointing to one of his campaign promises — "buy American and hire American" — the president promised that it was "not just a motto."

"It's a pledge. It's a pledge to the working people of this country. The era of economic surrender of the United States is over. It's over," Trump said. "We're going to stand up to foreign cheating."

Trump also reiterated his commitment to fulfilling his campaign promises of renegotiating and exiting "disastrous" trade deals that harm American workers by allowing foreign workers an "unfair" competitive advantage.

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"This is an issue of deep importance to me. For decades I've raised the alarm over unfair foreign trade practices that have robbed communities of their wealth and robbed our people of their ability to provide for their families," Trump said. "They've stolen our jobs, they've stolen our companies, and our politicians sat back and watched, hopeless. Not any more."

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