WATCH | Trump met with auto industry leaders Tuesday, and the rhetoric was a complete 180 from the campaign trail.
Leaders from the American auto industry were in Washington, D.C. Tuesday for a meeting a with President Donald Trump. It's been more than eight years since General Motors and Chrysler came to the nation's capital to get a federal bailout. Today's visit to D.C. wasn't about asking for the government's help but to figure out how to avoid the ire of the new president and keep the industry on track.
“We just had a great conversation with the president and he is very focused on policies that will grow investment and jobs here in America," Ford CEO Mark Fields told reporters after the meeting.
Trump's goal was to get the companies to expand domestically-- a part of his overall plan to encourage businesses to hire more American workers.
"We have a very big push on to have auto plants built in the United States," Trump said.
General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A.or pay big border tax!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017
Trump has kept a close eye on the automotive industry.
The President also targeted the industry during his campaign rallies.
“It was just announced that Ford is moving all small car production -- all of it -- 100 percent to Mexico over the next two to three years. It just happened. We shouldn’t allow it to happen,” Trump said in Flint, Michigan in September 2016.
While Trump has shown no problem blasting the companies, he also has shown a penchant for rewarding them with kudos for putting Americans first.
Thank you to Ford for scrapping a new plant in Mexico and creating 700 new jobs in the U.S. This is just the beginning - much more to follow— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
After the Tuesday's meeting, it seems that many of the issues Trump had with the industry previously, is just water under the bridge.
Fields praised Trump's decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
"We appreciate the president's courage to walk away from a bad trade deal," Fields said. "So, I think as an industry, we are excited about working together.”
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