Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Ford CEO Mark Fields Are Officially in With President Trump

Along with more than two dozen other CEOs, the two were added to Trump’s official manufacturing council.

byAaron Brown| PUBLISHED Jan 27, 2017 12:51 PM
Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Ford CEO Mark Fields Are Officially in With President Trump

President Donald Trump announced on Friday who would be a part of the group of major business executives whom he will be meeting with on a regular basis to help his administration craft policy on manufacturing. 

On the automotive realm, Trump chose Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Ford CEO Mark Fields—two people who he has met with several times already— to be a part of his council. Altogether, 28 business leaders and industry professionals will be making up the group the president will be consulting as he develops his plans to bring more manufacturing to America, CNBC reports.

Trump will work with the business heads to learn "how best to promote jobs and get Americans back to work again," the president said. 

In a meeting with business leaders Monday, Trump said he plans on cutting regulations by 75 percent or "maybe more," though it is unclear what legislations he might be looking to change. The president has also spoken about lowering the tax rate for business, rewarding businesses that build their products in America and creating large taxes on merchandise that are produced outside of the United States.

Following the first meeting Trump had with the business leaders, Fields said he thought it went over well.

"I come out [of the meeting] with a lot of confidence that the president is very very serious on making sure that the U.S. economy is going to be strong and have policies—tax, regulatory or trade– to drive that, and I think that encourages all of us, as CEOs, as we make decisions going forward," said Fields to reporters at the White House on Monday after the talk. "It was a very, very positive meeting."

The full list of Trump's manufacturing council members can be found below (via Techcrunch):

  • Andrew Liveris, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Bill Brown, Harris Corporation
  • Michael Dell, Dell Technologies
  • John Ferriola, Nucor Corporation
  • Jeff Fettig, Whirlpool Corporation
  • Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company
  • Ken Frazier, Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson
  • Greg Hayes, United Technologies Corp.
  • Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Jeff Immelt, General Electric
  • Jim Kamsickas, Dana Inc.
  • Klaus Kleinfleld, Arconic
  • Brian Krzanich, Intel Corporation
  • Rich Kyle, The Timken Company
  • Thea Lee, AFL-CIO
  • Mario Longhi, U.S. Steel
  • Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Company
  • Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing
  • Elon Musk, Tesla
  • Doug Oberhelman, Caterpillar
  • Scott Paul, Alliance for American Manufacturing
  • Kevin Plank, Under Armour
  • Mike Polk, Newell Brands
  • Mark Sutton, International Paper
  • Inge Thulin, 3M
  • Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO
  • Wendel Weeks, Corning