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Automakers Congratulate President-Elect Trump

November 09, 2016

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.
Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.

General Motors congratulated President-elect Donald Trump and runner-up Hillary Clinton on "hard-fought campaigns" and said the company looks forward to working with the new administration. Ford Motor Co. and Fiat-Chrysler have issued similar statements.

Trump upset Clinton during the Nov. 8 election, capturing 290 electoral votes to Clinton's 232. As of Nov. 10, Trump was on track to win Michigan's 16 electoral votes. Republicans will also control Congress with a 51 to 48 majority in the U.S. Senate and 238 to 193 majority in the House of Representatives.

"GM looks forward to working with President-elect Donald J. Trump and the new Congress on policies that support a strong and competitive U.S. manufacturing base. GM will continue to do its part to transform the future of mobility and contribute to America's competitive strength," according to the statement.

Ford congratulated Trump, new governors, members of Congress and other elected leaders.

"We agree with Mr. Trump that it is really important to unite the country — and we look forward to working together to support economic growth and jobs," according to Ford.

FCA US released a statement saying the company "looks forward to working" with Trump and the new Congress to "strengthen American manufacturing and build a more secure future for our employees, customers and society." FCA notes it has announced $8.4 billion in U.S.-based investments since June of 2009 and has added almost 25,000 jobs since that time.

On Nov. 10, the Alliance for Auto Manufacturers submitted a letter to Trump asking for a review of the fuel economy standards, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.


  1. 1. MC [ November 11, 2016 @ 07:28AM ]

    I'm curious to what they consider a "competitive U.S. manufacturing base". Does that mean turning us into China (or back to early 20th century America) where workers work very long hours in dangerous conditions for peanuts, companies dump waste wherever and whenever they want, and non-existent safety policies?
    Here's an about start with single-payer healthcare to take the burden off the backs of companies which will allow for larger profit margins (while keeping competitive pricing) and still paying workers good salaries?

    "On Nov. 10, the Alliance for Auto Manufacturers submitted a letter to Trump asking for a review of the fuel economy standards". What that statement means is that US automakers are keeping their decades-old defeatist attitude and crying "it can't be done" because they're too lazy to innovate and because they want to milk their current cash cows for years to come. Meanwhile, foreign companies design and patent the necessary technologies leaving US companies scrambling to catch up giving us barely-tested garbage to meet minimum requirements until they can legally copy the foreign tech.


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