Nov 28, 2018

Report: Trump seeks wide review of cutting GM funds

Ben Geman, author of Generate

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President Trump has asked federal agencies to find ways to cut subsidies to General Motors after the auto giant announced it's laying off 15% of its salaried workforce and closing factories in Michigan, Ohio, Maryland and Canada, Bloomberg's Justin Sink and Ryan Beene report.

Why it matters: The story signals a potentially wide-ranging effort to punish the auto giant over its planned cuts, one that extends beyond yesterday's buzz about electric vehicle tax credits (which Trump cannot change unilaterally and won't help GM much longer anyway).

Where it stands: The White House did not respond to Axios' request for comment. Here's more from Bloomberg, which cites a "person familiar with [Trump's] instructions."

  • "Trump has directed a broader examination of ways for the federal government to block funds to GM, the person said Wednesday," Sink and Beene write. "Fox Business reported earlier Wednesday that the Energy Department was examining funds provided to GM. Other agencies have received similar instructions, the person said."

By the numbers: According to Bloomberg, GM has received $333.5 million over the past year, almost all of which stems from federal agency vehicle purchases.

  • The report adds that in the past, the automaker has received R&D and Defense Department spending, including $168 million from a DOD initiative that began in 2000 and two Energy Department grants issued under the Obama administration around electric vehicles and batteries.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden meets with clergy members and community activists during a visit to Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del. on June 1, 2020. Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

Vice President Joe Biden is calling George Floyd’s dying words “a wake-up call for our nation,” and criticized President Trump’s decision to unleash tear gas on peaceful protesters outside the White House, in a civil rights speech from Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Biden in the address drew a sharp contrast between himself and Trump, whose first remarks addressing nationwide unrest Monday highlighted law and order, extreme demonstrations of militarized “strength” and other blustery threats.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11 a.m. ET: 6,302,318 — Total deaths: 376,322 — Total recoveries — 2,716,924Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 11 a.m. ET: 1,812,125 — Total deaths: 105,192 — Total recoveries: 458,231 — Total tested: 17,340,682Map.
  3. Public health: Protests against police brutality threaten coronavirus response.
  4. Business: Coronavirus could lower GDP by $15.7 trillion — More than 1 in 6 black workers lost jobs between February and April.
  5. Climate: The alarm over climate financial risk gets louder because of coronavirus.
  6. Media: Interest in the George Floyd protests has soared past the coronavirus.

The business of tear gas

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

U.S. forces yesterday used tear gas on peaceful protesters outside the White House gates, prior to a declared curfew, clearing a path for President Trump to visit a riot-damaged church for a photo opportunity.

The state of play: Two of the largest U.S. producers of tear gas are owned by private equity firms, but those firms have no interest in discussing their ownership.