tv President Trump Remarks at Derco Aerospace in Milwaukee CSPAN July 13, 2019 4:46am-5:30am EDT
traveled to milwaukee to speak to an audience at derco airspace incorporated. in his remarks, he urged congress to pass the u.s.-mexico-canada trade agreement. this is 30 minutes. [applause] >> mr. president, we are pleased to oury to welcome you lockheed martin facility, at the derco facility. we thank you so much for joining us. i want to welcome several distinguished guests we have here today, some elected officials that have joined us as well, secretary ross, director navarro, senator johnson, we
have congressman duffy, and we have congressman grothman, as well as many other distinguished leaders. thank you all for joining us today for this momentous occasion for us here at this lockheed martin facility. you know, lockheed martin is an american company, over 100 years old, and we are proud that for many, many years, we have worked with presidents and elected officials to help protect our citizens and our nation in advancing scientific discovery and driving economic growth. here at our derco facility, we have about 300 employees working on some very critical work. they're working on parts and logistics services and repairs for a lot of products that support aircraft and helicopters, for the united states and around the world, so that we can be ready to defend our nation and defend our allies. lockheed martin is very proud also to report that we are growing, just like the american
economy, and when you think about for us, last year, we hired 14,000 people. this year, we plan to hire 18,000 people. and the main reason for that, mr. president, is because of the pro-growth policies you have put in place on tax reform and regulatory reform that are making a difference not only for lockheed martin but for american businesses. for us, it allows us to be more competitive, it allows us to create jobs, it allows us to grow our companies, it allows us to invest not only in innovation but in our work force with training and education for our work force. so we thank you for the work that you are doing in helping us to be a stronger company and helping other companies across america. we also are looking forward to the passage of the united states-mexico-canada agreement. the usmca. [applause] marillyn: it is very important for us to work together, and we
look forward to working with our north american partners as we strengthen our trade and modernize the trade agreement that we have, that we can move forward with. and so with that, ladies and gentlemen, it is absolutely my highest honor and distinct honor to introduce to you the president of the united states, donald trump. [applause] >> ♪ and i'm proud to be an american where at least i know i'm free and i won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me and i gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today 'cause there ain't no doubt i love this land god bless the u.s.a. [applause] pres. trump: thank you very
much. thank you very much. we've had an exciting time, it's been incredible. as you know, we just hit the highest we have ever hit on the dow. the stock market is the best it's ever been, jobs are the best they've ever been, a couple of other factors, not so bad. we're doing great, we have a great military, and i thank you for that, and i want to thank marilyn, she's been a friend of mine for a long time, and she's done an incredible job, she just did me a beautiful favor keeping the beautiful sikorsky plant open in the great state of pennsylvania. some people say commonwealth. all i know is they're really happy in pennsylvania right now , and we love pennsylvania, and i really appreciate what marilyn did. i'm thrilled to be back in your great state, the state that i won, and we within it not so late in the evening, a little
early in the evening, actually, which is even better. [applause] pres. trump: we had a lot of support from your company. derco has been incredible. we have a lot of support here. one of the reasons i'm here is marilyn, one of the reasons i'm here is you. we have had tremendous, there's a great spirit, great spirit in this company. we're here today to celebrate the triumphant return of american manufacturing, you know what they said, it was going to be gone, but it's not gone. it is really thriving, and it's starting to build up at a level that nobody thought was possible. everything we're doing to keep the assembly lines rolling full speed ahead that's being done , and we're doing it right. we're proudly defending our most important national resource, the american workers, that's what it is. it's pretty amazing how the american worker has just really, there's nobody like our american worker. we are glad to be joined today by secretary wilber ross. where is wilbur? wilbur. [applause]
pres. trump: thank you. thank you, wilbur, great job. a friend of mine, and somebody who is very, very tough, and very, very smart, senator ron johnson. ron, thank you. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: and two real fighters. they fight for us and they fight for you and they fight like nobody, representatives glen grothman and shawn duffy. thank you, fellows. thank you. [applause] pres. trump: i especially want to thank your general manager here at derco, peter winkler. peter. peter. good job. [applause] pres. trump: they were showing me some of the work they do,
it's beautiful. it's complex. it's real stuff. that's the real deal, right, peter? for 40 years, the patriots at derco aerospace have built and repaired parts for airplanes, jets, and helicopters and done , and you have done it with unmatched precision and unmatched skill. really an incredible company. recently, our entire nation was inspired by the mastery of your craftsmanship in our wonderful independence day celebration on the national mall. [applause] pres. trump: right? salute to america. that was something. they weren't sure, the fake news, they weren't sure if people were going to show up. did they ever show up, right? did they ever show up. we had a tremendous -- it was packed. and it was raining. tent? some people said, did i have a tent? because i looked dry. i wasn't dry and i had no tent.
it was a rainy day, but in a way, it was a beautiful day. when those planes and helicopters flew overhead, it was something like we haven't realy seen too much lately. it's tremendous spirit and love in our country. that day, the united states marine soared overhead in a magnificent aircraft, like the ones you support here in milwaukee, the mv-22 osprey. our country also witnessed the awesome might of the u.s. navy flying another plane you'll soon support, the unstoppable stealth f-35 lightning 2. [applause] pres. trump: i get to meet a lot of pilots, i once said to one of the pilot he looked like central casting. like tom cruise but maybe better. a little taller and a little stronger.
and i said, so tell me, how good is the f-35 compared to other planes, enemy craft? he said well they have a problem. they can't see it. i said that sounds good to me, not knowing too much about it. that sounds good. but he said there's nothing like it. that was a long time ago. towards the beginning. in addition, workers at this facility help maintain our massive c-130 hercules transport planes and our fearsome uh-60 blackhawk helicopters and our f-16 fighting falcons. [applause] pres. trump: pretty busy. what do you do in your spare time, by the way? that's a lot of work. with the help of 280 americans at derco, the u.s.a. truly has the best aircraft flown, the best pilots, and we have the greatest pilots in the world, they are pilots like no other.
made and maintained the best workers and best workers anywhere in the world, and i'm excited to hear that thanks to your new responsibilities for the f-35, your company will be expanding its work force by 15%. is that right, marilyn? wow. [applause] since the election, we created more than six million new jobs. nobody would have believed that during the campaign if i said six million jobs, they would have said, well, that's not, he's exaggerating. i did say like four million. but we got six million. so i was underexaggerating. including more than half a million manufacturing jobs. we added 224,000 jobs last month alone, which is a tremendous number, far greater than projection. last year, u.s. manufacturers reported the highest optimism ever recorded. so folks like marilyn would say we're the most optimistic we've ever been.
would you say that's true? you better say yes, marilyn. [laughter] she knows.: i know marillyn very well, i know she feels that way. we're now the economic envy of the entire world. when i meet prime ministers and presidents and kings an queens d queens, they all start off by congratulating me on the great economy. wages are rising fast and rising fastest for our blue collar workers. that's exciting. you hear so much about the upper end, well, they don't realize the blue collar, proportionately blue collar workers, the manufacturing companies, these are the companies that are doing so well. unemployment has reached the lowest rate in over half a century. and we expect to soon be beating that. [applause] african-american, asian mesh, and hispanic american
unemployment rates have reached their lowest levels ever in the history of our country. [applause] and right here, in wisconsin, the unemployment rate is just 2.8% among the very lowest in the country. it's a great state, it's a fantastic state. doing some phenomenal work. we have powered our economic turnaround by following two fundamental rules. if it hurts american workers, we don't do it. very simple. and if it helps american workers, we definitely do it and do it quickly. very simple. our agenda is pro work, pro family, pro growth, 100% pro american. it's america first. it's make america great again. and you know what?
now it's keep america great because we're doing awfully well. we're doing awfully well. to stop the offshoring, you know what offshoring is of american job, i signed the largest tax cuts and reforms. in the history of our country. $608 billion, that's lot even for you, marilyn, has poured back into the united states from abroad. we want companies to invest, hire, build, and grow here in america and right here in wisconsin. [applause] we
cut a record number of job-killing regulations which will give the average household an extra $3,000 each year. so each year, you'll see, you'll feel it, will get an average of $3,000. that's a lot. that's the biggest tax cut we've had in this country.
and by the way, i see the wantrat platform and they to raise your taxes. i don't think -- i don't know. i haven't been a politician too long. somehow that doesn't play well, right? they want to raise your taxes. ok, we'll figure that one out. we launched an american energy revolution. the united states is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world and it's not even close. [applause] and with a couple of environmental approvals for certain pipe lines we can get that number to go up very substantially, very quickly, especially in the state of texas. we're reversing decades of economic surrender and restoring america's industrial might. we surrendered economically. what we did was so crazy. we helped other countries and never thought about our own country. we lost the magic we've gotten it back an we've gotten it back,
-- and we've gotten it back, i think you'll soon see, greater than ever before. [applause] and your executives know this. companies are pouring back into our nation. automobile companies from japan and other nations are pouring back in. many, many of the great auto companies are coming back into michigan, coming back into pennsylvania, ohio, florida, north carolina, we have to get some more workers over here. we have to do something where we have automobile companies and other companies pouring back in and you have the greatest year you ever had in the history of this state, this is a great state but you had your best economic year you've ever had so
that's great. our nation was made of vibrant and strong and it's got to be the most powerful, the best, it really is made with american manufacturing. and you know that a previous administration said manufacturing is done, you have to take a magic wand to bring it back. well that was wrong. the previous administration, they allowed foreign nations to plunder our wealth and to pillage our factories, they sold out our workers and hollowed out our industrial heartland but those days are over. it's not just the previous administration. it's been many administrations in all fairness to president obama. it's been many, many administrations. they allowed it to happen. they allowed our factories to close. our workers really to go, not have jobs. we created jobs for other places, for other nations and we sacrificed so many, 60,000 plants, millions and millions of jobs were lost during, i call them the stupid years. but now we're back into the really smart years. we had the smart year, you we
have the really smart years. they were the stupid years, what they were doing was incredible. nafta. one of the world's worst trade deals ever. i know a couple of others we have been involved in them too. world trade organization, that's a beauty. you don't know as much about that. but nafta was a disaster for this country and we'll be replacing that very soon, hopefully with the usmca and that's going to be something really, really special. it's going to keep jobs, one of the things they said to start off, i don't want people leaving this country. meaning, companies. i don't want to incentivize companies to leave, fire their people, build products, sell the products over in our country, no tax whatsoever. so we end up with no jobs, no factory, no taxes, no nothing. not going to happen anymore. can't happen under our new agreement. [applause] and i've been talking about this
subject for 20 years. it's possibly one of the reason i ran. i used to look at michigan where they'd lose their car companies one after another. you lost so many companies in wisconsin. everybody lost. everybody lost companies. they were losing companies left and right. and we're not going to have that anymore. we have an incentive now to stay in this country. we have an incentive to build and manufacture in this country and that's the way we want it. that's the way it's going to be. it's going to be america first. [applause] after years of rebuilding foreign nations, we are finally rebuilding our nation. it's as simple as that. we have built other nation, we've focused on other people's borders we fight for other borders but we don't fight for our own border. we have open borders and they had our military men protecting their borders.
figure that one out. but it's all changing and it's changing very rapidly. we're doing really well right now. mexico has 21,000 troops on the border, forwarding our border. our laws are so bad our military can't do a damn thing, we're the greatest military in the world but between catch and release, we catch them and we release them. we catch them, take a little number, come back in three, four years. [laughter] these are the democrats and they should change, they could change them so easily. but they want open borders. i think they want open borders. even though four or five years ago they wanted strong borders and walls and everything else. that's when they were sane but they're no longer sane. for years, politicians let china take the crown jewels out of our country my administration is -- has taken the toughest ever stance to stop these incredible abuses.
as a candidate for president, i also promise to replace the disaster known as nafta. since nafta's adoption, the united states was losing jobs and losing plants like nobody's ever last before. almost one in five auto jobs were lost during nafta. i think that's a wrong number, i think it's worse than that. but now we're demanding that you get, as people working here and as companies and as great, great strength, i want you to have strength but i want you to have a level playing field because when you have a level playing field, nobody can beat you. you didn't have a level playing field. you had a playing field that was like this and you had to go uphill. that's why we're replacing nafta with a brand new u.s.-mexico-canada agreement. the usmca will be the most modern, cutting edge trade agreement in history with the strongest protections for the american worker ever put in any trade agreement. an that was the single most important thing for me. the usmca will close the biggest
loopholes that caused the mass exodus of manufacturing. we had an exodus of manufacturing under nafta by ratifying the usmca, mexico is committing to be the toughest, have the toughest labor provisions, the most comprehensive enforcement provisions ever implemented in a trade agreement. for years, labor unions and others urged administrations to secure these types of trade provisions and they did absolutely nothing. no administration did anything except lose jobs. we were laughed at by the rest of the world. we were patsies. and i didn't blame china. i didn't blame all of these countries. mexico. mexico, they took 30% of our automobile business. i don't know if you know that or not. they have plants the likes of which you have never seen before. they took 30%, probably more than that, of our automobile. i don't blame them.
i don't blame anybody. i blame our past leaders. i blame the people in administrations that allowed this to happen. it's not china's fault that we were stupid. it's not china's fault that we allowed it to happen. we'll lose $500 billion a year. we take in billions and billions of dollars in tariffs. i'm giving billions back to the farmers because they pinpointed the farmers, they said we're not going to buy here, we're not going to buy there, because trump will stop doing to us what he's doing. the farmers said we don't care because he's right. 15 years the farmers, if you look, 15 years it's been like this, it's a one-way street, it's a street downward. but it's been incredible. i'll never forget, i had a meeting, marilyn, with farmers a year ago. and i told them what is going to happen and i said you're going to be the single biggest beneficiaries ultimately. i said we're going to get you subsidies. and farmers looked at me like
all at one time, probably 30 in a big, beautiful room. the cabinet room. at the white house. beautiful. for the cabinet but i wanted the farmers in the cabinet room because i like the farmers. they said we don't want subsidies. i said what do you mean? they said we don't want subsidies. everybody is coming in here looking for whatever they can get. we don't want subsidies. to this day that's never happened before. they didn't want that. they just wanted a level playing field. they said give us a level playing field that nobody can beat us at what we do. i thought it was one of the most beautiful things. in the meantime, they were targeted by china. i went to sonny perdue and said
how much has china spent, let's say in just about the biggest year. he said $16 billion, sir. i said here's what i'm doing. i'm giving our farmers $16 billion out of the tariff which is frankly much more than that. i shouldn't say that because they'll ask for more. but they are. the tariffs are far more than that. and a lot of companies -- companies are leaving china now because they want to go to a non-tariffed country. some of those countries are coming here. it's been incredible. we're taking in billions and billions of dollars, giving our farmers a jump because they were targeted. these are great american patriots. i'll tell you, i didn't see anybody -- they do focus groups on television, even under the real ones on television, where you'd think the farmers, no, it's not like things are perfect but we're with the president but now things are pretty good. we're doing $16 billion, that was the most china ever purchased and some of the farmers are really doing well. we're over the hump, we're doing well. in the meantime our government
has billions of dollars of money pouring in and that money is paid for by china. through reducing, you take a look, what they're doing is they are playing around with their monetary policy to a level like nobody has ever seen before. we're not paying. and they're also pumping out cash into their system and china is paying. our people are not paying. other countries, it's a little different. china is china. but they're doing things in order to make sure that they keep those jobs in china. but they're losing a lot of companies. some of those companies are coming here. because we get it done. we know how to get it done. i know how to win. we win, marilyn knows how to win, this company knows how to win. the job you've done is incredible at this company. that's why i'm glad i'm here. the usmca is right into the future of the american automobile industry. under nafta, foreign companies could manufacture thousands of their parts overseas, ship them to mexico and canada for assembly, and send their foreign-made cars right into the united states, tax-free. we knew about that, mr. manager, right? tax-free that doesn't work too
well. wouldn't you say they should have ended that about 20 years ago? the usmca, we have declared no more of that nonsense. we're not letting it happen. 75% of every automobile under the deal must be made in north america. and we're requiring a large portion to be made by high 46 -- by high-wage labor which means american labor because you're competing against people who frankly were making slightly mess money than you do. am i trying to be nice when i say that? does anybody object to hearing it? they're getting slightly less. lick 20%. 20% of what you get. the usmca -- it was unfair to our country, unfair to our workers. the usmca is estimated to create 76,000 brand new american auto jobs, very quickly. more car, more truck, more auto parts will be stamped with those beautiful words, made in the
u.s.a. remember we used to see that all the time? made in the u.s.a.? [applause] maybe we can start stamping here, we'll start right here, made in the u.s.a. people love it. i remember, i used to see it all over. made in the u.s.a. made in america. but maybe we should, you know, with the geniuses here they could have that stamped on parts in about two seconds. i wonder what that's going to cost? not much. it's all part of the whole deal. made in the u.s.a. the usmca is also a tremendous -- a tremendous victory for, in particular, farmers because we have had such support to help dairy farmers right here in wisconsin, the usmca stops unfair trade barriers from canada.
people love canada. i love canada. but there were a few countries that took advantage of us more than canada. they were charging us tariffs of 297%. they wanted to keep it under 300%, it sounded better. 297%. nobody knew that. the farmers knew that. they knew it very well. essentially what they're doing is saying, you can't sell your product in canada. because the tariff is so high you couldn't sell it in canada. under our trade agreement we'll see significant increases in exports of wisconsin agriculture, supporting jobs throughout the state. it's going to have a tremendous impact on your agriculture and manufacturing. once fully implemented, the usmca will bring up to 600,000 jobs to our shores and probably well over 1.2 million jobs. [applause] and here in derco you'll be able to expand your commerce with
canadian customers and suppliers and they'll be buying your product. now they have an incentive to buy your product. before this, they had no incentive to buy product in the united states. i want to personally thank marilyn and lockheed martin for supporting this ground breaking agreement. what you've done is really great. you've been -- she has been really -- you've been calling everybody, i hope, right? i've heard you have. they're calling, can you get her off our back? that's good. that's what i want. that's what i tell marilyn, see if you can do it. we need help from the democrats to get it done. because it's political season. and i say, it's a bipartisan -- let it be a bipartisan bill. i don't want credit for it. let it be a bipartisan bill. the usmca. for years, members of congress demanded a replacement for nafta. now they finally have the best replacement that they can ever even imagine. the farmers can't believe it.
the manufacturers can't believe it. even marilyn, the unions can't believe it. it's good for everybody. on behalf of our nation's loyal, hardworking citizens, i'm calling on congress to pass usmca and send it to my desk immediately for signature. we shouldn't be playing around. every day that goes by gets more and more political because we get closer and closer to the election. and maybe it's harder. shouldn't be hard. used to sign this the day before the election. but view it as a bipartisan bill and it shows that congress is doing something other than wasting time on the witch hunt. and the nonsense that they worked so hard at. they worked so hard if they worked one-one hundredth as hard on immigration it would be solved in 15 minutes. just a waste of time. [applause] thank you.
thank you. to ensure that all citizens can thrive, the modern economy as we know it, and it's really gotten modern, we also launched the pledge to america's workers. i'm thrilled that lockheed martin is committed to providing apprenticeships and work force development opportunities for 8,000 of our great citizens. thank you. [applause] my administration lives by a very crucial motto. a motto that you would agree with, 100%. buy american and hire american. those other days are gone. [applause] as we restore our economy, we're really restoring our standing in the world. we're respected again.
america is respected again. like it hasn't been respected in many, many years. we were laughed at. we were scoffed at. we were liked. why shouldn't we be liked? we were a patsy but we're respected again. as you know better than anyone, economic security is national security. and here at derco, one in every five employees is a veteran. that's a great number. [applause] great number. and by the way, shawn, stand up for a second, shawn. reciprocal trade, right? i put him in charge. i said, do me a favor. when a country charges us 100%, we charge them 100%. when a country charges us 25, we charge them 25. when one charges us in some cases 340%, we charge them 340%.
so something is going to happen. maybe they'll go down to zero, maybe we'll take in a lot of money, but shawn is in charge. the reciprocal trade act of, we'll say 2019, or 2020, call it whatever you want. it has to get done. when that gets done, nobody will be taking advantage of this country any longer. so i appreciate you doing that. reciprocal trade act. my favorite word, reciprocal. \[applause] my favorite word, reciprocal. among those with us today is theresa, who began her career in the u.s. air force and the wisconsin air national guard. where is she? \[applause] she supported aircraft. from the past 21 years, right
here in derco. they like you. you like them too. i bet. theresa continued to keep our nation's aircraft flying. i want to thank you. you're very special person. i said i want a couple of special people. i said just give me one, they gave me you. say a few words. >> thank you, mr. president, for this opportunity. when i joined the air force after high school, i never imagined where this journey would take me. it's been amazing. one of the many things that i enjoy about being a part of derco and lockheed martin is that i get to work alongside the most talented people in the
aviation industry. such as yourself. as a veteran, i'm incredibly proud to work for lockheed martin because i continue to support our men and women in uniform every day. \[applause] thank you, mr. president, for your steadfast support of our military. \[applause] i would also like to thank ms. kusen and my lockheed martin and derco family. most importantly, i want to thank my husband for taking this journey with me and for his service to our country as a military retiree. \[applause]
president trump: thank you. thank you very much. good family. nice. beautiful. thank you. to ensure our service members have the tools they need, we're rebuilding the u.s. armed forces with $700 billion last year and this year $716 billion. that's the highest ever and it's probably in the neighborhood of, you will be happy about this, $730 billion, maybe $733 billion. you know, our armed forces were depleted. they were just depleted. they were tired, they were exhausted, the planes were old, the equipment was old. even the uniforms were old.
there's no other more important job a president has. the united states supreme court judges, that's important, but i think even before that is our military and defense. while i like to cut budgets and all the folks up here would like to cut budgets, we have to have a strong military, otherwise budgets don't mean a lot when you get down to it. \[applause] our commitment to our industrial bases in milwaukee, oshkosh and across this wonderful state, from wisconsin, arizona, pennsylvania to california, workers like you are creating beautiful aircraft to make our military the most powerful anywhere in the face of the earth. our military is new. we have new ships, now planes,
-- new planes, many ships being built, many submarine beings built, submarines like nobody has ever seen before and other things. men and women like you make this country run, you make this country proud, you make this country great. you keep our lanes of commerce flowing, our communities thriving, and our great american flag flying high. the magnificent red, white, and blue flies high. \[applause] every day, you're building our nation's unlimited future and you are doing it with american hands, american hearts, and with american steel. our steel companies are coming back so strongly. the dumping is slowing down. when they do dump, they pay a very, very heavy price. it's called 25% right into the treasury of the united states. and our steel companies are coming back and they're coming
back strong. no one can beat the american worker and no one can match the might of loyal, dedicated, patriotic american citizens, incredible people, today and every day, we will fight for our workers, we will fight for your families, we will fight for wisconsin and we will fight with all of our soul for the glorious nation that we all love. together we are making america stronger and greater than ever before and to marilyn, to everyone at derco, i want to thank you. sir, thank you very much what a job you do, what a great company this is, and what incredible people i've met today. and it's been my honor to be here. god bless you, god bless everyone, thank you. \[applause] ♪
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