President Donald Trump and General Motors CEO and Chairman Mary Barra had a “beneficial and significant” meeting Thursday, the auto executive said as she left the White House.
Barra did not offer some other details regarding her sit down with the president, which comes at a critical time for GM’s business tasks and automotive industry.
Notwithstanding confronting progressing concerns in regards to trade, China and national fuel economy regulations, GM was chosen Tuesday as the lead company over Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler to arrange new work contracts with the United Auto Workers union.
Every one of the four of those points were required to be among the “wide ranging” talks during the afternoon meeting, as per two people advised in front of it. Expected participants included Barra, Trump, members from GM’s strategy team and Trump’s top economic advisor Larry Kudlow.
“They had a gainful and significant meeting,” Barra advised reporters as she walked to her GMC Yukon XL sport utility vehicle to go the White House.
A GM representative declined to offer any extra comments outside of Barra’s remarks after the meeting. The company prior in the day declined to state what was on the plan, saying “executives meet with policy makers on a regular basis.” The White House affirmed the sit-down after Reuters reported the meeting Wednesday night.
Since Trump was chosen for office in 2016, GM and different automakers have routinely advised him and his administration on their operations — everything from strategies to major investment announcements.
Automakers, specifically GM, have walked a fine line difference with regards to briefing the president. He’s frequently criticized or commended automakers’ decisions on Twitter — once in a while even before the companies get an opportunity to declare their own news.
Not exactly seven days back, Trump attacked GM for its production facilities in China and questioned whether the automaker should move the tasks to the U.S.
Trump, in a tweet, said GM, “when the Giant of Detroit, is presently one of the littlest auto manufacturers there. They moved real plants to China, BEFORE HE CAME INTO OFFICE. This was done despite the saving help given them by the USA. Presently they should begin moving back to America once again?”
A considerable lot of the claims in the tweet against the Detroit automaker were misdirecting or inaccurate, as indicated by industry data and officials. It came a day after Bloomberg News reported GM’s 46,000 unionized workforce in the U.S. trails Ford by around 9,000 and Fiat Chrysler by approximately 1,200.
Trump a month ago likewise got out the automakers, specifically Ford, for not supporting his endeavors to move back Obama-era fuel efficiency rules for new vehicles. He called auto executives “foolish,” said the founders of Ford and GM are “rolling over” at the “weakness of current car company executives.”
The assaults came after Ford, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen arrived at a voluntary agreement a month ago with California on fuel economy standards. The arrangement consolidated increasingly stringent emissions standards adopted by former President Barack Obama that Trump is resolved to easing.
While numerous automakers have supported rethinking the rules to address flow market situations of lower gas prices, every single electric vehicle and expanded sales of trucks and SUVs, none of the major automakers support Trump’s arrangement to move back Obama-period standards.
The administration, meanwhile, is setting up an arrangement to do only that. Two U.S. agencies are composing new rules that would deny California’s authority to set its very own emissions standards and seize states from setting their very own vehicle rules, Reuters reported Thursday, refering to two people informed on the issue.
Worker’s guild talks
Another convenient issue confronting GM and its crosstown adversaries is contract negotiations with the UAW. GM not long ago was chosen as the lead company for the discussions, which will set the wages and advantages for around 158,000 members. Their present contracts end Sept. 14.
While such negotiations wouldn’t normally include the U.S. president, Trump has recently remarked on the discussions when GM idled its Lordstown Assembly plant in Ohio.
“General Motors and the UAW are going to begin ‘talks’ in September/October,” Trump tweeted in March. “Why pause, start them now! He need jobs to remain in the U.S.A. furthermore, need Lordstown (Ohio), in perhaps the best economy in our history, opened or offered to an company who will open it up quick!”
Weeks after the fact, Trump announced in a tweet that GM was intending to offer the plant to Ohio-based automaker Workhorse.
On the off chance that Trump chooses to start tweeting about the dealings, it could put pressure on either or the two sides to make a move or go to an understanding. He likewise could choose, when an deal is come to, to tout the normal jobs and investments as verification that his “America First” policies are working.
Trump has recently utilized positive jobs and investment announcements from Ford, Fiat Chrysler and BMW to point to a healthy American economy and job market.
“General Motors is very counter to what other auto, and other, companies are doing,” Trump tweeted in November 2018. “Big Steel is opening and renovating plants all over the country. Auto companies are pouring into the U.S., including BMW, which just announced a major new plant. The U.S.A. is booming!”