tv President Trump Remarks at Made in America Event CSPAN July 17, 2019 5:15pm-5:52pm EDT
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racist. ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states. [ applause ] ♪ ♪ >> that sounds nice, doesn't it. beautiful. thank you very much. thank you very much. terrific talent. please sit down. please. i want to welcome everyone to the white house. we are very excited to be hosting our third annual made in america showcase. it's all about made in america. we just started this. and this is my third already. and i just went around and saw
these incredible companies that make everything from the thaad missiles to beautiful boats. and i said, how would that boat do against the thaad missile? and it wasn't a good answer. the boat has a problem. and that's okay. i want to say the engineering insight you know. we have incredible things. i'm going to look. i saw some yesterday. incredible things made in the usa. we are here today to celebrate and support the most incredible products in the world. and this is just a very representative sampling because we are making more product here than we ever have. joining us today are manufacturers from all 50 states. and they are terrific talents, terrific craftsman, terrific business people. we have hats from wyoming, sandals from florida. tobasco. >> the air stream trailer from
ohio. and custom built motorcycles from the great state of indiana. we also have represented and we have a lot of folks here from light speed bikes, from chantal, tennessee, as a result of moving certain operations back to the united states i love to hear this because that's what i like when they move become. we don't have to make product in other companies. its parent company has experienced a 70% -- that just happened -- they announced 70% growth over the last two years. so they moved their operations back, and they are 70% up in growth. i want to congratulate you light speed. and i want to congratulate everybody. that's fantastic [ applause ] >> and also a very special thank you to k.c. aurns with game day iron works in oklahoma for making in beautiful presidential
seal. it's a beauty. i think we have it displayed someplace. right here. and i said how much? because i want to buy it. i don't know if they gave me a good price. but we're going to get it. we'll put it up at the white house. it's beautiful. and so many of their other projects and products are incredible. it was forged from american prides pride and with american pride. and american craftsmanship and it was 100% american steel. our steel industrial is doing very well. we put massive tariffs on dumped steel. they were dumping steel our steel industry was going out of business. if i hadn't been elected you would have no steel industry right now. it would be gone. and we have not only steel, energy and so many other things. we have -- we're vibrant. we have the hottest economy anywhere on earth right now. today also viewed boats that were proudly displayed by cobalt boats from kansas and freeman
boat works from south carolina, and a farm irrigation system from nebraska's t.l. irrigation. i want to thank the three companies. it's not easy to get the big beautiful products here and you got them here. thank you very much. i also want to share our appreciation to lockheed martin ceo marilyn ussen for showing us the incredible thaad missile defense system, the best in the world and for keeping the helicopter plant open in pennsylvania. saving 465 jobs. i called marilyn a number of weeks ago and said i read a story where they are closing your helicopter plant in pennsylvania. we couldn't do that. i said, marilyn you got to do something -- and i really appreciate it, marilyn. they're keeping the plant open. everybody in pennsylvania is happy. and we will continue to make the
sikorski helicopters in pennsylvania. thank you. some of the manufacturers represented today around a long time more than a century in a couple of days. johnson woollen mills founded in vermont before the civil war. today stacey monarsh is the fourth generation to run the company. please stand up stacey. congratulations. that's great. others are just getting started like the neighboring bite company -- the snake bite company. it's nothing to do with snakes. i looked at your product last night. it's incredible. kevin kelly raised start up funding online a few years ago and now he is selling specialty bottle openers and so many other things on two continents. and the product is amazing. kevin congratulations. that's a great job.
thank you very much. >> snake bite where does that term come from? >> i get it, okay. well it's been working, right. it's been working. but while those here today create many different goods, you are also devoted to one of the greatest missions on earth, making the best products from the best materials with the best workers anywhere in the world. right here in the united states of america, right? made in america. made in the usa. call it either way. but that's what we are doing. and you know when i took office i was told by the previous administration the that manufacturing job would be disappearing. there was no way. you'd need a miracle. you'd need a miracle. we have a miracle because we are up 600,000 manufacturing jobs since the election. [ applause ] >> so it's been an extraordinary resurgence of american manufacturing. we've added more than 6 million
jobs since i was elected, including over 1 million jobs in manufacturing, engineering and construction. as i said 600,000 jobs in pure manufacturing. and that number is going substantially higher. japan and other countries are at my absolute request order, call it whatever you want, they're sending a tremendous -- and building tremendous plants now in the united states. we hadn't had auto plants built in many, many years. and now we're having many, in michigan, ohio, pennsylvania, florida, in north carolina, south carolina, many, many plants are being built and being expanded. and that was not happening. our auto companies and many companies were leaving the united states. now they are staying. they have a big diskrennive to leave. we're not happy when they leave. when they leave it's not the same. last year we saw the biggest
increase in manufacturing jobs in more than 20 years. under my administration manufacturing share of total job gains is the largest it's been by any president in over one-half a century. and don't forget, the old days they manufactured. so i'm competing against some pretty tough statistics. yet it's over 50 years. unemployment has also reached the lowest rate in our country in over 51 years. [ applause ] and many groups, i have to say, african-american unemployment, if you look at of course aen american, asian-american, hispanic american unemployment it's the lowest it's ever been in the history of our country. woman's unemployment, the lowest it's been in over 70 years. and soon we'll are have the all-time record are your for women's unemployment. and today american manufacturers are contributing $250 billion -- think of that tp $250 billion
more to our economy than they contributed before in great election that took place in 2016. we are heeding the wisdom -- you people know because many of you are indeed manufacturers in your own way manufacturers with great talent. we are heeding the wisdom of our founding fathers by restoring our economic independence and reawakening our industrial might. and that's what's happened. whether it's jobs or making something. that's exactly what happened. previous administrations allowed foreign countries to steal our jobs and plunder our wealth. they stole our wealth. they stole so much. and it was allowed to go on so long. but it's not going on any longer. you look at what's happening, look at today's front page on the "wall street journal" you'll see where china has had its worst year in 27 years.
and i'm not looking for that. but we had a deal with china and they decided not to make the deal. they said let's renegotiate. i said no thank you. and we put big tariffs on china. [ applause ] >> and we're standing up for the american worker like our country has never stootd up for the worker before, certainly not in the 100-year or 50-year era. i think we can go back to the beginning. because nobody stood up for the worker like i am. to protect our defense industrial base which is probably about the most important if you think we placed tariffs on foreign aluminum and foreign steel which brought it not to a complete halt. we still get some and they are paying a lot right into the treasury. but it's been amazing the difference it's had. for the farmers we've taken in tens of billions of dollars from
china but china stopped dealing with our farmers. so i asked our great secretary of agriculture, sony perdue what kind of number are you talking about what have they left. >> he said $$16 billion taken off the table. i said that's okay. we've taken in many times that in tariffs. so i'm gichg the farmers we're going to help them out because they are great patriots. we are giving them $$16 billion. that's been approved. i approved it. so our farmers didn't lose anything by the fact that china targeted our farmers. they targeted the farmers. they said you know, president trump did great with the farmers. the farmers love him and he loves them. so we'll hurt the farmers. well, the farmers are patriots. i had not had one farmer say please make a fastest deal, sir. the biggest beneficiary will be the farmers. but the $16 billion that wasn't spent we're putting back into
the farm and ag systems and the farmers are thrilled. i must tell you that. and we're taking the toughest ever action to confront china's chronic trade abuse. we are they were doing numbers on us for years. i watched sleepy joe biden saying we would fight china on trade. he didn't do it in eight years because they ate our lunch during the obama administration. it was only recently that -- well, i mean recently but lots of warnings for the last period of time -- and then you have statutory constraints where you can only go here, here, here. we did that right at the beginning. and now they are paying a very big price. and hopefully we'll see what happens. we're going to have good relationships with china. president xi is a good friend of mine i used to say good friend.
probably not as close right now. he is for china and i'm for the usa. that's the way it's got to be. this shouldn't have been allowed to happen. we've been losing four, five and even morning that hundred billion -- think of it $500 billion a year to china. that doesn't include intellectual property theft and loss. that doesn't include -- they say that's $300 billion. who knows what that is. a lot of people estimate it. but they say it's $300 billion. you add that to $500 billion. we've been losing $800 billion a year to china. essential essentially we rebuilt china they've done a great job. i don't take it away. i don't blame china i blame our past presidents and leaders for allowing a situation like that so ridiculous to happen. it's that way other than the size of the number -- it's that way also for many other countries.
and we're working on a lot of them. we just approved -- again it's subject to the house passing it and maybe for political reasons they don't -- the u.s. msca, great deal for manufacturers. great deal for lockheed. marilyn you're tell me when does that happen? we have to get the democrats to pass it. may or may not depending how they feel politically. it's all politics. it shouldn't be it should be love of the country. there should be no politics involved. [ applause ] >> so the usmca will create up to 600,000 new american jobs. including 75,000 new auto jobs. and now we need congress to pass it. so call up your friends, republicans are totally onboard. call the democrats get them to pass it. it's believe it or not it's a deal loved by unions. by manufacturers, and maybe especially by the farmers.
it's something that's very, very popular. so call your local democrat, congressman. i think the senate will be very good. we have a lot of bipartisan support. but they may not be able to show that support because the leaders may not allow that to happen because they think that's a victory for trump. we don't want to give trump victories even though it would be very bad for our country. but if it doesn't happen i have a better plan. okay. don't worry about it. we always have to be plan b, c, especially in politics i can tell you. we unleashed american energy revolution. and it's indeed a revolution. nobody thought it would be possible. we are now the number one producer of oil and natural gas on the planet earth. not even close. and i just had anwar approved one of the largest sites in the world. couldn't do it with ronald reagan tried to get it done. trying to get it done many, many
years. i got it approved. that's in alaska. one of the biggest -- maybe the biggest, the biggest site in the world for oil and natural gas. we passed massive tax cuts. so that american companies can boat their foreign competition now. you have a tremendous advantage now. because you had an impossible disadvantage before. now we have given you with what we have done a tremendous advantage. and we did it to keep jobs where they belong, here in the united states of america. as a result, almost 1,400 companies have announced that they are bringing their jobs back to the united states from overseas. and that's just last year. think of that 1,400 companies bringing jobs back. who would think that's possible? but now it's the incentive [ applause ] >> we want to be in the united states. early in my presidency i ordered
the federal government to live by two very simple but very crucial rules. buy american and hire american. you know it's called america first, folks. it was never that way. i mean, for many, many decades. it was everybody else first. and we were the people that took care of other people's borders. we would protect other people's borders. but we don't want to protect our own border. we would fight for the right of other countries to have a strong powerful border so nobody could come in. but our border was like a leaking seive. and that's changed so rapidly and so much. a lot of things happening. we are building a wall as we speak even though we have about seven lawsuits trying to stop it from the democrats and others. but we are doing very well and well on the border. mexico has been of great help. i told them i said, look, you are going to help us. they walk threw your country. 2000 mile walk.
horrible things happen during the walk to people, especially to women and children. horrible things. 2000 miles up from guatemala. they walk through our country. so many the percentage of rape they say is over 30%. think of it. remember when i mentioned that in my opening speech and everybody said that's such a terrible thing to mention. well, what i said is very small compared to the actual fact. over 30%. the crime, human trafficking, mostly of children. and women. human trafficking. it sounds like an ancient term. you wouldn't think it's possible. human trafficking. but the internet has made human trafficking a much bigger business than it was ever hundreds or even thousands of years ago. the internet -- a lot of good things happen with the internet but a lot of bad things happen also. so now our federal agencies are spending an additional $24 billion on buying your product.
we're buying your product. and i said specifically let's buy american. you have the advantage. before you didn't have any advantage at all. now you have the advantage. you make your product in america, you have a much better chance of getting the deal. today i'm pleased to announce that we will begin our buy american requirements, but even stronger. currently a product can be 50% foreign and it's still counts as american made. figure that one out. in just a few moments i will sign an executive order that will eventually raise the standards up to 75% and above. so that domestic goods will have to have 75% american. and 95% for things such as iron and steel. it has to be 95%. we have great minds. we produce great ore. great steel. great aluminum, great everything. but we weren't using them. most were closed. in some cases they blamed the
environmentalists. most of them were closed. they're not anymore or won't be closed long. the philosophy of my administration is simple. if we can build it, grow it or make it in the united states, we will. when we choose american made, something truly wonderful happens. our communities thrive and flourish. our neighborhoods bustle with commerce. our children dream bigger and bolder and the bonds of loyalty that unite us as citizens become closer, richer and deeper than ever before. that's how we carry on the flaming torch of americanism. as president warren g. harding called it, as harding said, we are forever to devoted to safe guard america first to stabilize america first to prospers america first, to think of america first, to exalt america first, and to live for and
reveer america first. you never heard that before. you've been doing this a long time. i was speaking to a couple of the folks that were responsible right here, freeman, for this great boat of which they are setting records right now, records by a lot. not even close. so over the last year -- where is freeman. >> where are you folks? stand up, please. great job [ applause ] >> and they were say how well doing and that they've never heard this kind of talk before build in america. they didn't hear that. in fact it was the opposite they were trying to steal business and build it overseas including in china, many others. but that's not what this is all about. and this is 100% made right here. thank you. congratulate everybody, too, please. [ applause ] so thank you all for showcasing your you a-inspiring products today. they are absolutely incredible. thank you for pouring out your heart, sweat and soul to make
our nation even stronger. thank you for your unwavering commitment to this magnificent land that we love so much. and i just want to end by saying may god bless the united states of america. may god bless you all. thank you very much. thank you all. thank you very much. appreciate it. [ applause ] >> okay do you have any questions on how well our manufacturing business is doing, press? the press. wow, that's a lot of press. look. >> what were you talking about in your tweet. >> i didn't mention names. and i didn't do that. but i will tell you, with our country -- i think everybody in this audience -- these are great manufacturers, great workers in our audience too. they brought a lot of their workers here. if you are not happy here, then you can leave. as far as i'm concerned, if you hate our country --
[ applause ] >> if you are not happy here you can leave. opinion and that's what i say all the time. that's what i said in a tweet which i guess some people think is controversial. a lot of people love it, by the way. a lot of people love it. but if you are not happy in the u.s., if you are complaining all the time, very simply, you can leave. you can leave right now. come back if you want. don't come back. it's okay too. but if you are not happy, you can leave. [ applause ] >> is that true. >> that's a very racist statement somebody that would say that. speaker pelosi said make america white again. that's a very racist -- that's a racist statement. i'm surprised she would say that. >> john. >> well they were very unhappy i'm watching them all they do is
complaint. oop all i'm saying is if they want to leave, they can leave, john. i look at the one. i look at omar i never met her. i hear the way she talks about al qaeda. al qaeda has killed many americans. she said you could hold your chest out -- you can -- when i think of america, when i think of al qaeda i can hold my chest out. when she talked about the world trade center knocked down some people you remember the famous some people. these are people that in my opinion hate our country. now you can say what you want. but get a list of all of the statements they've made. and all i'm saying that if they are not happy here they can leave. they can leave and you know what, i'm sure that there will be many people that won't miss them. but they have to love -- they have to love our country. their congress people. and i never used any names. but these are people, quiet, quiet, quiet.
quiet. >> are you okay. >> quiet. >> quiet. these are people that if they don't like it here, they can leave. and i'd be -- i'd -- i don't know who is going to miss them but i guess some people will. one of them is polling at -- one of them is apology at 8%. one of is polling at 8%. so when i hear people speaking about how wonderful al qaeda is, when i hear people talking about some people, some people with the world trade center -- not some people, much more than some people process. when i hear the statements they've made and in one case you have somebody that comes from somalia which is a failed government, a failed state, who left somalia who ultimately came here and now is a congresswoman who is never happy. says horrible things about israel. hates israel. hates jews.
hates jews. it's very simple. and if the democrats want to wrap their bowes around this group of four people one of them kept amazon out of new york. tens of thousands of jobs would have been a great thing. and she kept amazon from going -- would have been a good deal. could he have made better? maybe but tens of thousands of jobs. and new york has not been the same since that happened. it's really hurt new york. and new york city. and amazon was going to go there, relocate a major section of their business in new york. she kept them out. this was a terrible thing she did. a terrible thing she did. so here is the story. here is the story. i see them complaining. they are complaining constantly. i watch lindsey graham today on fox and friends talking about the same subject and frankly, even stronger than what i'm saying. he said they are communists. i'm saying -- i'm saying that they are socialists definitely.
as to whether or not they are communist i would think they might be. but in isn't what our country is about. nevertheless they are free to leave if they want. and if they want to leave that's fine. and if they want to stay, that's fine. but the people have to know and politicians can't be afraid to take them on. a politician that hears somebody where we're at war with al qaeda and sees somebody talking about how great al qaeda is pick out her statement that was omar how great al qaeda is. when you hear that, and we're losing great soldiers to al qaeda -- when you see the world trade center gets knocked down and you see the statements made about the world trade center, all the death and destruction, i'll tell you what, i'm not happy with them. and it's very easy to be say, yee, well it's okay. if weak politicians want to say -- and the democrats in this
case if they want to gear their wagons around the four people i think they'll have a tough election. because i don't think the people of the united states will stand for it. [ applause ] >> john, go ahead. go ahead, john. >> let me see if i can sum up sort of what people. >> go ahead. >> does it concern you that that tweet was seen as racist rb, lindsey graham nurjtd you to aim higher. >> no, no he didn't say. he just said -- i disagree with lindsey. these are congressman. what am i supposed to do wait are for senators? no. i disagree with lindsey on that. that was the only thing. he said aim ier what am i going to do wait until we get somebody else in a higher position, higher office? these with are people hate our country. john, they hate our country. they hate it i think with a passion. now, it's possible i'm wrong. the voter will decide. but when i hear the way they
talk about our country when i hear the anti-semitic language they use. when i hear the hatred they have for israel and the love they have for enemies like al qaeda, then you know what, i will tell you that i -- i do not believe this is good for the democrat party. certainly it's not the party that i've known over the years. >> mr. president, mr. president -- mr. president dsh zbloosh does it concern you that many people saw that tweet as racist? and that white nationalist groups are finding common cause with you on that point. >> it doesn't concern me because many people agree with me. and all i'm saying they want to leave they can leave. now -- it doesn't say leave forever. it says leave if you want. but what it says -- and john what that says is if they're not happy with the united states, if they're doing nothing but criticizing us all the time. you see the people walking down criticizing the united states, we just hit the highest stock
market in history. all of these incredible manufacturers that are in -- these are great business people employing many people and we have workers with us too. they've had the best year they've ever have. is that a correct statement? [ applause ] >> and they're hiring more people than they've ever have. and more people making a good living than they've had. we just hit 27,000 plus on the dow. it's the highest the stock market market has ever been. you have to go by the election. because the market started going up the day after i won. you know they like to add all of that tremendous gain they like to try and give it to obama. the fact is if i would have lost the stock market would crash. and if these people that i watch in those debates ever got their hands on the united states government, 401(k)s, the values of your company, everything else that we talk about we're so proud of, it's down the tubes. people will lose their money.
they'll lose their wealth. have a a crash like you have never seen before. and i'm good at this stuff i know what i'm talking about. thank you all very much. thank you. [ applause ] >> where should they go, mr. president? >> the i.c.e. raids -- the. >> the i.c.e. raids were very successful. people came into our country illegally. illegal. many were felons. many convicted of crimes, many, many were taken out on sunday. you just didn't know about it. in fact, i went to -- i spoke to the head of i.c.e. i spoke to a couple of people. we had many people -- it was a very successful day. but you didn't see a lot of it. because it was done -- a lot -- you'll speak to them. i'm not even sure they should be telling you. but it was a lot. and it wouldn't have to be sunday. we have been doing this.
look we have been removing ms 13. they're monsters. we've been removing ms 13 by the thousands during my administration. i tell my people, much easier to go the other route. i say focus on the criminals. focus on the people that are killing people. that are causing crime. focus on them. much easier just to go to general population. that's easy. but i don't do it the easy way. we are getting tremendous numbers of criminals. and yesterday it was just reported to me before i derek derek i said how did that go yeed. didn't have to start yesterday. the truth it started a number of days before yesterday. but yesterday was successful. people come in our country illegally and go out legally. every person taken out had papers and court orders. >> why are you -- >> why the asylum changes, mr. president? >> how about getting the manufacturers up here. come on up. come on up.