“We want to be the car capital of the world again,” the president said. “And we will be.”
Speaking in front of a sign that said “Buy American — Hire American,” Mr. Trump said he expected that stripping away regulations would spur the more automotive production in the United States.
And he pledged again to stop the flow of automotive investment and jobs to Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he termed “a total disaster.”
“The assault on the American auto industry is over,” he said.
While he praised recent announcements by G.M., Ford and Fiat Chrysler that they would add more jobs in the United States, Mr. Trump said he expected much more hiring in the future.
“I told them that’s peanuts,” he…