The Big Three will have their time to bend the new president’s ear over what can be done to increase investment and jobs here in the United States. The Detroit Free Press reports General Motors CEO, Mary Barra, along with Ford and Fiat-Chrysler’s CEOs will join President Donald Trump for a breakfast meeting to discuss the industry at large.
Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated Barra, Mark Fields and Sergio Marchionne would meet with the president to discuss how “to bring more jobs back to the industry.” The meeting will likely give each automaker room to discuss U.S. investments as of recent and provide insight from the private sector for President Trump’s trade and job creations plans.
The president has long been a critic of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he says must be renegotiated, but analysts fear it could do more harm than good for U.S. automakers.
“The whole process of automobile production is now so intertwined, that to try to untangle that would be a terrible blow to the industry,” Marina Whitman, professor of business administration and public policy at the University of Michigan said. “If the auto industry had to realign the production of arrangements between the U.S. and Canada … it just would cause mayhem for the industry.”
Trump’s most recent move was to fully exit the United States’ commitment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multi-lateral trade agreement both Democrats and Republicans thought disastrous for the country.
The meeting between the president and the automakers’ CEOs will take place this morning, so stay tuned for additional information trickling out of that meeting.