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Trump Tells Car Executives He’s Still Open to Talks With California

  • President said to instruct agencies to negotiate with state
  • Meeting with major automakers took place at White House
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President Donald Trump told a group of auto company executives that he is open to talks with California over vehicle fuel efficiency standards, something the industry is hoping can head off a battle between Washington and Sacramento.

The administration is readying a proposal to ease fuel efficiency standards, and the industry officials stressed the need for federal regulators to negotiate the new targets with California regulators to preserve the industry’s ability to sell the same vehicles nationwide.