During an appearance in South Carolina, President Donald Trump took a huge — or, as he might like to call it, “big league” — stand for blue-collar American workers, promising to level the playing field for them as his administration proceeds.
According to Reuters, the president was visiting Boeing’s plant in North Charleston on Friday for the rollout of the 787-10, the newest variant of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner series.
After touring the plant with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg — who the president said was doing “an incredible job” in spite of his clashes with the company over cost overruns — Trump gave some remarks to the assembled group of workers.
“We want products made by our workers in our factories stamped with those four magnificent words — ‘made in the USA,’” Trump said, according to CNBC.
He then went on to promise Americans he would push for parity when it came to trade and outsourcing blue-collar jobs.
The president said he would “continue to work on reducing regulations, cutting taxes — including for the middle class, including for everyone and including for business — and creating a level playing field for our workers.”
“When there is a level playing field, and I’ve been saying this for a long time, American workers will always, always, always win,” he said. “But we don’t have a level playing field.”
“Very shortly, you will have a level playing field again,” he went on. “Because when American workers win, America as a country wins, big league win. That’s my message here today. America is going to start winning again, winning like never, ever before.
“We’re not going to let our country be taken advantage of anymore.”
After his remarks, Trump added that Boeing’s price on the new Air Force One was still “too high, but we’re negotiating.” However, he did indicate that he might tap Boeing for an order of F/A-18 fighter jets if Lockheed Martin’s disappointing F-35 program cannot deliver on cost reductions. He added that he might replace some F-35 orders with F/A-18 orders.
“We’re going to save billions and billions of dollars,” Trump said. “Most important, we are going to have a great product from both Boeing and Lockheed.”
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H/T The Daily Caller