From: Helms, Matt
Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 16:45
To: Goodman, Meghan Hays K. EOP/OVP
Subject: CORRECTED POOL REPORT on Biden at Detroit auto show
Please use this version! It corrects the proper title of Mark Reuss at General Motors. Thanks!
Vice President Joe Biden made an unannounced visit to Detroit's North American International Auto Show Tuesday afternoon during a two-day visit to the Motor City.
After a private lunch with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and other officials the Manoogian Mansion, the city-owned mayoral residence, Biden toured the displays of Detroit's major automakers, accompanied at times by Ford CEO Mark Fields and General Motors vice president Mark Reuss, along with U.S. Sen. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn.
Biden checked out the Chrysler Pacifica and Chevrolet's Bolt, which were named North American utility and car of the year, respectively, this week but seemed most interested - as the owner of a 1967 Chevy Corvette - in some of the speedier selections on display, including a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, a Corvette, Ford Mustang and a Chevy Camaro.
Asked what he thought of President-elect Donald Trump's frequent targeting of the auto industry - Trump has been critical of carmakers moving production to Mexico and elsewhere and has threatened tariffs on imported vehicles - Biden took a wait-and-see approach.
"Let's see what Mr. Trump does, not what he says," Biden said.
Biden used the visit to reiterate support for the government bailout of the auto industry.
"It's alive. It was saved," Biden said. "Without it, it would not have survived as it is today. It's one of the proudest things I've been involved in."
Biden's motorcade later made a pitstop at the Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood, ordering a brownie and black coffee and talking to and hugging patrons who expressed support for the outgoing vice president.
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