President Trump, in a series of tweets on Wednesday, Aug. 21, blasted automobile executives for not supporting his administration on a rollback of emissions standards, calling them “foolish.” 

“My proposal to the politically correct Automobile Companies would lower the average price of a car to consumers by more than $3,000, while at the same time making the cars substantially safer. Engines would run smoother. Very little impact on the environment!” President Trump tweeted.

“Foolish executives!” the president added.

“The Legendary Henry Ford and Alfred P. Sloan, the Founders of Ford Motor Company and General Motors, are “rolling over” at the weakness of current car company executives willing to spend more money on a car that is not as safe or good, and cost $3,000 more to consumers. Crazy!” President Trump said in a tweet. 

In another tweet Trump said company founder “Henry Ford would be very disappointed if he saw his modern-day descendants wanting to build a much more expensive car, that is far less safe and doesn’t work as well, because execs don’t want to fight California regulators.”

“Car companies should know that when this Administration’s alternative is no longer available, California will squeeze them to a point of business ruin. Only reason California is now talking to them is because the Feds are giving a far better alternative, which is much better for consumers!” President Trump added.

According to The New York Times, the White House summoned Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, and General Motors to a meeting last month to convince them to support the administration fuel economy standards. 

This move followed as four automakers Volkswagen, BMW, Ford, and Honda joined a deal with California to set stricter mileage rules for themselves than what the Trump administration proposed.

California emissions standards rule set 51 miles per gallon across all their sales by 2026.

A 2012 Obama rule required automakers set the average fuel economy of new cars and trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

Under the California rule fuel economy is weaker than the Obama-era regulations but stricter than what the Trump administration has proposed, which only set 37 miles per gallon by 2026.

Thirteen states have joined to support California’s emissions standards.