Trump Likely to Announce Review of Vehicle Emission Regulations This Week

President Trump is prepared to make a formal announcement on the review of vehicle fuel efficiency standards that were locked in at the tail end of the Obama administration. Sources have confirmed that he’ll be meeting with automotive CEOs in Michigan this week to discuss the the situation after listening to them repeatedly beg him to repeal the current guidelines.

The president plans to visit an autonomous vehicle testing facility outside of Detroit on Wednesday before meeting with the automotive heads representing the Detroit Three. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Monday that the trip is centered around “job creation and automobile manufacturing … highlighting the need to eliminate burdensome regulations that needlessly hinder meaningful job growth.”

Sources who had been briefed on the matter told Reuters that the administration has already decided to review the viability of the 2022 through 2025 corporate vehicle emissions rules.

After the Obama administration maneuvered quickly to keep them before turning the keys over, Trump appears poised to overturn that decision. Trump is also submitting a budget proposal to congress this week that bolsters defense spending while cutting a long list of popular domestic programs — including a substantial reduction in the EPA’s annual funding.

The top executives from General Motors, Ford Motor Co, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are expected to meet with the president in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, along with several senior officials from Japanese and German automakers, including Toyota Motor Corp. and Mercedes-Benz.