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Trump to Detroit Autoworkers: 'America Will Be Respected Again'

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By    |   Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017 03:49 PM

President Donald Trump Wednesday declared "a new industrial revolution" in America and vowed that "the assault on the American auto industry is over."

"America will be respected again," Trump told automobile industry employees at a rally at the American Center for Mobility, a testing center for self-driving vehicles in Ypsilanti Township outside Detroit. "And you, as workers, will be respected again.

"No country can lead the free world if it does not protect its industries — and care for its people and protect its borders."

Trump's speech followed a meeting with industry executives in Detroit and an announcement by General Motors that it would add or retain about 900 jobs at three Michigan plants over during the next year.

He spoke at the former Willow Run bomber factory, which won fame for building an operational B-24 heavy bomber every 59 minutes during World War II.

"We want to be the car capital of the world again," the president said. "We will be — and it won't be long."

President Trump announced that his administration would review the tough U.S. vehicle fuel-efficiency standards put in place by the Obama administration, seeking to "ensure that any regulations we have protect and defend your jobs, your factories.

"We're going to be fair," Trump said.

The effort hands a victory to industry officials, provoking criticism from Democrats and environmental groups.

"My administration will work tirelessly to eliminate the industry-killing regulations, to lower the job-crushing taxes and to ensure a level playing field for all American companies and workers," the president said.

He also slammed NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership as "failed economic decisions that have stripped our country of its jobs and its wealth.

"America cannot be a wealthy country if special interests game the system to profit from the exodus of our companies and from the exodus of our jobs," Trump said. "We must embrace a new economic model.

"Let's call it 'The American Model.'"

Under this agenda, his administration would roll back regulations and taxes to help businesses, but "companies must hire and grow in America," the president said.

"They have to hire and grow in our country. That is how we will succeed and grow together.

"American workers and American industries, side by side.

"I'm asking you to place your faith in the American worker and these great American companies."

But foreign enterprises have a role in this new paradigm, Trump said.

"I'm also asking you to respect and place your faith in companies from foreign lands that come here to build their product," he told the autoworkers. "We love them, too. Right?

"I'm asking all of the companies here today to join us in this new industrial revolution."

Reuters contributed to this report.

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