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US auto industry exits White House

Speaking out: Mary Barra says the events in Charlottesville, and its aftermath, “require that we come together as a country and reinforce values and ideals that unite us … and speak against those which divide us”.

GM’s Barra ‘about unity and inclusion’ as Trump disbands business advisory councils

17 Aug 2017

- General Motors chairman and CEO Mary Barra, who was the last remaining automotive industry executive advising US president Donald Trump on economic issues and employment growth, no longer has a role at the White House with the disbandment this week of key business advisory councils amid controversy surrounding the president’s reaction to racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

- The strategic and policy forum, on which Ms Barra was the lone car industry voice, and the manufacturing council – headed by Australian businessman, Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris, and previously including Ford’s Mark Fields, Tesla’s Elon Musk and Uber’s Travis Kalanick – were both disbanded after several members resigned as a protest over the president’s refusal to fully condemn white extremists and saying that anti-racism protesters were equally to blame.

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