President Trump told executives from the country’s largest automakers Tuesday that he would ease environmental rules and other regulations to encourage the return of manufacturing jobs to the United States, a pledge that some analysts question will be as effective as promised. Trump tells leaders of U.S. automotive industry he’ll ease rules to bring back jobs Call that counterproductive. The EPA turned out to be a cash cow, collecting billions in fines from Volkswagen, en likely from FCA too. Trump's stance may help initially... How calculated can a company like GM be to collect government funding to stay afloat, then proudly announce that Buicks that are coming to the U.S. will be made in China? What does that say? Americans are good enough to purchase GM cars, not fabricate them? How are the unemployed going to pay for them? However, it doesn't do anything about the fact that Detroit is not competitive on export markets. The Germans are right that this is why you barely see any 'Made in America' cars in Germany, and plenty vice versa. As a matter of fact, protectionism might even add to the non-competitiveness of American car makers, that are not at the forefront already when it comes to green technology, styling, fit & finish and branding. "Buy American" sounds good, but it may come down to Americans buying substandard, gas guzzling cars (since Trump thinks that Climate Change is bogus), that nobody wants in the rest of the world. Irony is that the one U.S. car maker that is successful on export markets, Tesla, may be forced to go elsewhere.