United Auto Workers president Dennis Williams said he appreciates Trump being there but he is anxious about environmental standards for the automobile industry.
In Michigan, Trump delivered a campaign-style speech in which he railed against big trade agreements, specifically NAFTA and the recent Trans-Pacific Partnership, laying out in stark terms his view of how the pacts had hurt the US auto industry and its workers.
Setting up a potential conflict with California officials over air pollution and climate change, the Trump administration began the process Wednesday of rolling back rules created to limit emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from automobiles.
Ontario will align itself with California to fight for climate change following President Donald Trump's decision to re-examine fuel efficiency regulations in the auto sector, the province's environment ministry says. The Obama administration, implementing the second phase of legislation approved in 2007, negotiated with the auto industry and the state of California to require a fleet average of 36 mpg by 2025, with variations allowing for vehicles' weight.
'I just want to tell the leaders they've made some very wise decisions, very wise, ' Trump said.
Originally, regulators mandated that automakers achieve an average 54.5 mpg by 2025, but they relaxed that target to between 50.8 mpg and 52.6 mpg past year.
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The backdrop and message underscored Mr Trump's efforts to lock down support in industrial states such as MI that put him in the White House. The administration has made no decisions on how or if the standards should be revised. The California standards are now used by at least a dozen states, according to ABC News.
Trump on Wednesday also told a roundtable of automotive chief executives that he would help them if the relationship ran both ways. No more handsome sight, ' Trump said.
Trump has long indicated his intention to reverse several of Obama's climate-change initiatives, but the Republican president has vowed his planned overhaul of green regulation would not jeopardize America's water and air quality.
The state had refrained from charting its own course on mileage goals as part of a compromise with auto companies and the EPA early in the Obama administration.
Instead of continuing the auto industry's "innovation and leadership" on curbing emissions, "the climate deniers in Washington would take us back to the gas-guzzling SUVs dominating the streets", he said.
Automakers have argued that keeping the regulations as they are would push up the costs of new vehicles, since expensive technology and lightweight materials are required to boost efficiency. "We want the workers to rise too", he said.