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GM Hires Ex-Trump Adviser to Head Up Global Public Policy Efforts

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Everett Eissenstat led a White House team devoted to international trade

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Former Trump White House official Everett Eissenstat will lead the General Motors global public policy division.

Eissenstat most recently spent a year serving as deputy assistant to the president for International Economic Affairs and deputy director of the National Economic Council. His role: leading a team that developed and implemented international trade, energy, and financial policies. He was also the chief U.S. negotiator at the G-20, APEC, and G7 global economic summits.

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Everett Eissenstat, GM global public policy VP

Everett Eissenstat
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“Everett Eissenstat has had a distinguished career in public policy managing complex issues around the world,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “His broad experience interacting at the highest levels of government, both within the U.S. and globally, and his track record for partnering and building relationships on both sides of the aisle make him a perfect fit to represent GM and our employees on key policy issues.”

One of those key policy issues is sure to be auto tariffs. With Eissenstat’s recent proximity to President Trump, he will be well-equipped to guide GM’s response to Trump’s proposed 25% tariff on imported autos. GM has warned that it might have to cut jobs if the tariff goes into effect.

Effective immediately, Eissenstat is the senior vice president of Global Public Policy and reports to Barra. His position is a new one for GM. In addition to his legal duties, Chief Legal Council Craig Glidden had been in charge of global public policy. However, the automaker decided that those issues required a full-time overseer.

Eissenstat has many years of international policy experience. Before working at the White House, Eissenstat was the Senate Finance Committee’s chief international trade counsel. He was also an international negotiator and congressional advisor for the United States Trade Representative. Over the years, he’s worked on aspects of NAFTA and other free trade agreements, too.

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News Source: Detroit Free Press