General Motors CEO Mary Barra attended her first meeting as a key figure on President Donald Trump’s Economic Advisory Forum this past Friday, according to The Detroit News.
The forum is comprised of various CEOs and businessmen and women to advise the president from the private sector. Barra was tapped months ago to join the forum for her insight from the automotive industry.
The group planned to cover issues such as immigration, regulatory relief, tax and trade, women in the workplace, infrastructure and education.
However, it hasn’t all been sunshine and rainbows for the panel. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigned from the panel amid mounting pressure following protests over the now-suspended travel ban from Muslim-majority countries. Tesla CEO Elon Musk also made it clear he would be expressing his views on the controversial order during the meeting as well. Both CEOs reiterated by joining the panel it was not an endorsement of the administration’s actions.
President Trump also met with all three Detroit Three automaker CEOs last month to discuss what was needed to make the United States a more attractive place to invest in. Running parallel, GM announced it would invest $1 billion in the United States in the coming year. The first investments were announced to be Bay City, Michigan Powertrain and Spring Hill, Tennessee.
GM has reiterated the $1 billion investment is not in response to the president’s critiques.