Ford Motor Company reached a deal with California to lower emission standards despite the Trump administration’s efforts to weaken federal rules on car pollution — and President Donald Trump believes Henry Ford is rolling in his grave over the agreement.
According to USA Today, the president said the auto pioneer would be “disappointed” in present-day automakers’ efforts to develop lower-emissions vehicles.
"Henry Ford would be very disappointed if he saw his modern-day descendants wanting to build a much more expensive car, that is far less safe and doesn’t work as well, because execs don’t want to fight California regulators," Trump said via Twitter.
The New York Times reported earlier this week that an agreement reached between California and four automakers to oppose Trump’s rollback on emissions standards apparently surprised the White House.
Honda, Ford, Volkswagen and BMW have all signed on to the deal, and Mercedes-Benz is reportedly preparing to join the pact as well.
After learning of the agreement last month, The Times said a senior Trump administration official summoned Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors to the White House, pressuring the automakers to stand by the president on the issue.
USA Today noted that last year, Trump “proposed freezing mile-per-gallon standards for cars and light trucks after the 2020 model year, saying it would keep prices lower for consumers and improve safety.”
Further, the president has looked at ending California’s autonomy in setting its own emissions standards, which historically has been allowed by an exemption from the federal government.