Auto executives to meet with Trump on gas mileage standards

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President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion on tax policy Thursday, April 5, 2018, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(AP) – Executives from 10 auto companies will meet with President Donald Trump and cabinet officials Friday to discuss the administration’s plan to reduce gas mileage and pollution requirements enacted during the Obama administration.

The auto industry wants to relax the standards, but not so much that they provoke a legal fight with California, which has power to impose its own tailpipe pollution limits.

Such a fight could result in two mileage standards in the U.S., forcing automakers to engineer and produce two versions of each of their vehicle models, driving up costs.

Deputy White House Press Secretary Lindsay Walters says Trump will talk to the companies about the impact of the standards and their efforts to negotiate a single program with California.

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