President Trump Remarks on American Energy and Manufacturing CSPAN August 14, 2019 10:00am-11:06am EDT
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pres. trump: this is my 13th visit to pennsylvania during my administration which is more than any other president to this point in the term and i love pennsylvania, went to school in pennsylvania. philadelphia. we love this state and i love the union and the workers and when i built buildings in new york i build them exclusively with unions. people do not understand. i was exclusive. in the last really great election, our election of 2016, we did great with the union workers, great. we did not do good with the leadership. the leadership said we have always gone democrat. let's go that way. that did not work out too well or some of them. is -- as gretchen said, this would never have happened without me and us, this would never have happened. i am with you.
remember that and remember that pennsylvania, pennsylvania has the best numbers they have ever had in the history of the state. that is for a very good reason and you know what that reason is, hello, here i am. and i am truly honored to be here with the amazing energy workers and construction workers, these are talented people. the craft workers who make america run and who make america proud. we are proud again. o one in the world does it better than you, nobody. nobody does it better. there is no one in the world that does it and we are unleashing that power again like we have never seen before, i will say. we are going to do well and we are fighting against a lot of countries that have taken advantage of us from a years but they are not doing it so much anymore and in a time they will not be doing it at all anymore. they have taken advantage.
today, we celebrate the revolution in american energy that is helping make our economy the envy of the world. this shell petrochemical plant in beaver county, pennsylvania did very well here. we did very well. how may points did we win y? does anyone know? i will tell you. i think 28 points, that is a lot. that is against a democrat. or whatever. it is one of the single biggest construction projects in the nation and it made it possible and was possible by clean, affordable, all-american natural gas, powerful, clean, natural gas. and when the wind stops blowing, it does not make any difference, does it?
unlike those big windmills that destroy everybody's property values, kill all the birds, someday, the environmentalists are going to tell us what is going on with that and all of a sudden, it stops, the wind and the televisions go off. and your wives and husbands say, darling, i want to watch donald trump on television tonight. but the wind stopped blowing and i cannot watch, there is no electricity in the house. we love natural gas and we love a lot of other things. each of you is taking part in the largest advancement -- investment in pennsylvania history, the largest in the history of pennsylvania, in the history of our country. the money that is being invested in your state right now. with your help, we're not only unleashing american energy, we are restoring the glory of american manufacturing and we are reclaiming our noble heritage as a nation of builders again. i nation of builders. pres. trump: i was a good
elder, i loved building. they said we were going to do t before the speech but we are waiting for it to stop raining. i said, don't worry about the rain. do we have umbrellas? umbrellas work very well. especially when they are made n america. i don't care, but we are going to take a tour afterwards. i'm going to speak to some of your union leaders to say -- i hope you're going to support trump. and if they don't, vote them the hell out of office because they are not doing their job. it's true. vote them out of office. when completed, this facility will transform abundant natural gas, and we have a lot of it, frack from pennsylvania wells
which they never would have allowed you to take if i weren't president. if my opponent won, there would be a lot of nice, new structures outside. i guess you would have stopped long ago, you would have stopped construction before it started too much, but i was talking to gretchen, they would not have gotten approval to complete these plans. that wouldn't have been good. so probably they would not have started, but if they would have started, it would have stopped. they put it into plastics or a -- through process known as fracking. that raw material will then be shipped all over the country and all of the world to be fashioned into more products, with that very beautiful phrase, "made in the usa." right? made in the usa. beautiful. crowd chanting u.s.a.]
president trump: that is a beautiful phrase. getting this massive job done right has required more than 1500 pieces of heavy equipment, one of the largest cranes anywhere in the world. i look forward to seeing it. i love cranes, i love trucks of all types. even when i was a little boy at four years old, my mother would say, you love trucks. i do. i always loved trucks. i still do. nothing changes. sometimes you might become president, but nothing changes. i still love trucks. especially when i look at the largest crane in the world. that is very cool. do you think i will get to perate it? i don't know. e will put the media on it and
i will give them a little ride, right? [cheering] and you have thousands of tons of concrete, aluminum and steel
and nearly 6000 of the strongest, toughest, and most talented workers anywhere on earth. i know. it was the trump administration that made it possible, no one else. without us, you would never have been able to do this. i want to thank all of our great union members, the boilermakers, carpenters. cement finishers. electricians. iron workers. laborers. millwrights. operators. lumbers, painters, steamfitters. i know them well.
a group that i have used more than anybody that has ever run for office times 1000, because in new york city, they would drive those cement trucks to my building and those trucks were all race on time -- always on time and sometimes they were lined up for blocks when i was doing different things. it took the city nine years, they had no idea what they were doing. i had that big 70,000 feet, a massive office, bigger than an office. we did it all in one day, and the trucks were lined up from central park all the way back into harlem, and they did it all in one day, that pour. it was called a contiguous pour. the city used to build a little piece here, a little piece there, they had pipes underneath and the pipes were
made out of copper. and during the evening, things would happen like, the copper would be stolen, because it was very valuable. so they would have a little piece of copper and the rest of the pipe they would lay in they -- and they would get ready to pour, and everyone would steal the copper. this took place, i guess from seven years to nine years. nobody wants to talk about it, but those trucks were operating incredibly well, and i never missed a delivery. and it was called the teamsters. i also want to thank bectel, a real incredible company. we talk about the great ompanies of the world. president jack future. where is jack? where is jack? jack. what a great job you have done, jack.
some big ones. think of it this way, jack. if we don't win, you won't be doing anything in this country. and you know, the world follows us. you see that. the world follows us. and it won't be so good, but you and i are friends, and you are going to have a lot of work to do, i think, jack. a lot of work. thank you, jack. great job. jack has done an incredible job. that is an incredible company. they are incredible builders. and the secretary-treasurer, of the building trades unions, brent booker. where is brent? young guy. you are so young, brent. how the hell did you get that job? man. we are honored to be joined by two leaders who truly have the backs of american workers. hey have become friends of mine. they do such an incredible job. they break up the road
blocks. we have a lot of roadblocks in this country, where a little clause can stop a project for years. we break up those little clauses. we break them up fast. energy secretary rick perry. where is rick? thank you, rick. what a great guy. i had to compete with him. you know, he wanted to be president. he was tough. he was nasty. man. he was nasty. but then he said, i want to do something great. you have been incredible. he ran texas for like 14 years, and he did it well. now he is running a little thing called energy and nobody has ever done it better. thank you, rick. great job. a man who has been incredible in every way, epa, environmental protection agency, you have heard a lot of horror stories where nothing can get done, nothing can get past. it takes years and years to get a simple permit.
it can take 20, 21 years to get a road before they are rejected. how about this, they go 20 years, 21 years in certain cases, for a highway or a road. not even a highway. at the end of the 21st year, they vote to reject it. how would you like to be a young person, starting out, you are all excited about this project, and it starts off as being a simple, straight road and then it becomes a total catastrophe, because of nesting and lots of other things we can take care of. and it is 20 years later, and they reject it. you have devoted half of your working life to a rejection. it happened to a lot of people. we have a man who knows how to break it up, and he is also a great lover of the environment. epa administrator andrew wheeler. he has done an incredible job. andrew. great job, andrew. really great. and i also want to recognize ome of my great friends that have helped me so much.
have helped me so much. congressman john joyce. john. john, where is john? john? john, usually you are in the front row. i can't believe this. i guess you got shut out by the unions. thank you, john. fantastic job. john joyce, great friend of all of us. speaker of the pennsylvania house of representatives, michael, thank you, great job. good to see you, michael. michael, great name in the state for a long time. how long has it been, michael? you have been there a long time. good luck. not that long. thank you, mike. and one of my good friends from beaver county, david urban. david, david, where is david? david, thank you, david.
great football player, great athlete. he was a trump supporter. he liked trump. when he liked trump, nobody was going to get in his way, right, david? thank you. thank you. how are we doing in the state, david? are we looking good? thank you, i appreciate it. thank you. i think we are looking very good. i think we are looking good all over, in ohio, in north carolina, and south carolina, florida. we just got numbers in florida. we are looking fantastically good. now, sometimes, and they do, they do, they say donald trump, can you imagine if i got a fair press? we're leading without it. if you imagine if these people treated me fairly? the election would be over. have they ever called off an election and just said look, let's go on, four more years. do you really want to drive hem crazy? term, #fourthterm.
you will drive them crazy. you have one guy on television, i'm telling you, he's not leaving. he is going to win, then he is not leaving. so in 2024, he won't leave, i'm telling you. this is a serious person. these people have gone stone cold crazy, and we are grateful, especially to chairman of royal dutch shell. that is big stuff, folks. i'm a business guy. when i hear royal dutch shell. until i became president, that was like a big deal. now i don't view it the same. once you are president, nothing seems big, right? chad holliday, where is chad? chad understands. that's a big deal, chad. thank you for coming. that's a big deal. you don't get any bigger. an incredible company. shell's u.s. president, you just met her, and everybody knows her. she's got a lot of other things
in store. she thanked me for what we have done here. but i said, forget this. we've got a lot of jobs. let's do a couple more, fast. do them fast. we will get fast approvals. and you may get rejected. if it's not going to be environmentally sound or something is going to be wrong, but we are not going to take 20 years to reject you, like they did with the pipelines. it didn't matter, i approved them, but ok. so we have the pipe -- oh. we have plenty of pipelines, plenty of pipeline folks here. that is a bigger hand than we got from the teamsters, do you believe that? but they did that with the pipelines, keystone xl. they did it with the pipelines. dakota access pipeline. we are building pipelines. if we get the pipelines approved, and the epa is working right now to get them
approved in texas. if we can do, we can increase our, we can increase, we are now the largest in the world in energy by far. but if we get those approved, andrew, i hope andrew is listening, you know what i am saying. if we get them approved in texas fast, they said it will take 18 years. i said, can you do it in about a month? all right? if we get that, look at the pipeline guys, they are so happy. that is a lot of jobs. andrew, we get them approved fast, we can increase our entire output. texas is so big. a bigger turnout could be much bigger. i also got you anwar in alaska. which may be bigger than everything. they couldn't get it. ronald reagan couldn't get it. no president could get it, but i got it approved, and we are all set. and so, so we are all set.
so andrew, in texas, if you can get those pipelines going, you will be so happy. we will have dinner with your family, i will tell them how great you were. ok, epa. thank you, andrew. so i want to thank gretchen, she has been fantastic. i also want to thank the vice president of pennsylvania chemicals, hillary mercer. i want to thank you for investing in the people of pennsylvania. where is hillary? hillary? thank you, hilary. you are investing in the people of pennsylvania, so that is a guarantee, as far as i'm concerned. for generations, american greatness was formed and fueled and won by the extraordinary workers of this region. this region is an incredible region. pennsylvania steel raised the skyscrapers that built our cities. and by the way, steel was dead. steel was dead. your business was dead. i don't want to be overly crude, but the business was dead. and i put a little thing called
a 25% tariff on all of the dump steel all over the country. and now your business is hriving. probably there's few businesses that have gone proportionally up like steel and aluminum. we did it with aluminum, too, but they are doing well. 25% and 10% on aluminum. and they still dump, but now the united states takes in billions of dollars and the dumping is much less. and the steel companies are thriving again. we have to have a steel industry. we can't -- [applause] we need steel for defense. what are we going to do, we have a little bit of a problem, a little bit of a conflict. we say listen, china, could you do us a favor? we need help. all our steel mills are closed. damn it, can you send us some steel please? we don't make steel anymore. we make it now.
the u.s. steel mills, all of them, they are expanding all over the place. new expansions, new mills. we had not had a new mill built in 30 years and now they are going up. many
car plants coming in from japan. i told prime minister abe, great guy, i said listen. we have a massive deficit with japan. they sent thousands and thousands, millions of cars. we send them wheat. wheat. that's not a good deal. and they don't even want our wheat. they do it because they want us to at least feel that we are ok. they do it to make us feel good. but the deficit is massive. it's changing rapidly, but what they are doing is buying a lot of our stuff, including our military equipment. they are building car plants now in the united states. in michigan, in pennsylvania. many, many of the japanese car companies are coming over and
building car plants in the united states. it doesn't fully do the trick, but it helps. and those deficits will start coming down very substantially. but we are losing $78 billion. for many years we are losing billions and billions with these countries. and frankly the countries we do the worst with our our allies. does that make sense to you? our allies take advantage of us far greater than our enemies. someday i'm going to explain that to a lot of people. pennsylvania miners, and boy, do we love our miners. they let up our towns and powered our industries. and pennsylvania factory workers made the american brand into the universal symbol of excellence all around the world. all over. but in recent decades, the loyalty of pennsylvania workers was repaid only with
betrayal. they betrayed you. they let your companies move to mexico, to canada, to china, to many other places. we ended up with no income and massive unemployment. well, right now our unemployment has reached the lowest level we've seen since the 1960's, and we will soon be breaking that record, i predict. [applause] and you have heard me say it, but now it's even better. the numbers just came out. african-american unemployment, lowest in history. asian american, hispanic american, lowest in the history of our country. women, lowest in 70 years. sorry, women, i let you down again. think of it, lowest in 70 years, and i have to apologize to women. but that will be a record very soon. we are very close to say the lowest in history for women, unemployment.
today we have more workers working in the united states, almost 160 million, then at any time in the history of our country. think of it. hat is a hell of a stat. [applause] the political class in washington gutted your factories with horrendous trade deals. nafta, one of the worst trade deals ever. wto, china made themselves, they did a good job but they ripped off our country for ears, and with our money and wto backing, and then they took advantage of the rules of the wto and i am being nice when i say took advantage. much more than took advantage. they went up like a rocket
ship. they were flatlined for 100 years. and one day, wto, a terrible move, and you know, we were losing all our cases until i came along. we were losing all our cases with the world trade organization. almost every case was lost. lost. lost. they thought we were stupid. they were the ones ruling. and then i came along, now we are winning. they know they are not on very solid ground. we will leave if we have to. and all of a sudden, we are winning most of our cases. and it is only because of attitude. because we know that they have been screwing us for years, and it's not going to happen any longer. they get it. they get it. so they're are giving us victories. they are giving us victories. [applause] and i would like to use a different word, but there is no word that is quite as descriptive. i would like to, but that is exactly what they were
doing. they were taking advantage of us for years and years, and now they understand that if it's not going to be fair, it's not going to be at all. we don't need it. we don't need it. so a lot of good things, and i think we will, i think they will treat us fairly. the concept should work, but people have taken advantage. like for instance, they have used certain countries like china, india, many countries for a long time. they viewed them as, they are growing. they are growing nations. we are a mature nation. they are growing. these are growing nations. they have grown, and they had tremendous advantages. but we are not letting that happen anymore, ok? we are not letting that happen anymore. everybody is growing but us. they are all growing nations. we have to work with them, but no one ever wants to work with the united states. it's a disgrace. but it is changing, and it's changing fast. and i think it is the primary reason probably that i ran for president. i would see factories all over the country and i would see them empty. i would see the jobs going to other countries, and i just
never understood why the politicians didn't do anything about it. but now, we are doing it. and by the way, that usmca, that is a fantastic deal. it is a great deal for your unions, too. we have the farmers, the unions, the manufacturers, it's good for everybody. we have to get the democrats to put it up for a vote, and most democrats are going to vote for it, too. they are under a lot of pressure to vote for it. but that replaces one of the worst trade deals ever made, which is nafta. but i watched them crush your industries with taxes and regulations. they targeted american energy for total destruction. you weren't going to be able to take anything out. that is our gold underneath our feet, and they weren't going to allow it to happen. the paris accord. the paris accord was good for other countries. it wasn't good for us. all the while, they expected you to stay on the sidelines, silent your voices, and surrender the future of our nation. and you didn't do it, but you didn't have the right people
representing you. so it didn't matter, but when you finally had the right person, the person that really cared, because this thing is costing me a fortune, being president. somebody said, he might have rented a room to a man from saudi arabia for $500. what about the $5 billion that i will lose? it is probably going to cost me, including upside, downside, lawyers, because every day they sue me for something. these are the most litigious people. it's probably costing me $3 billion-$5 billion for the privilege of being, and i couldn't care less. i don't care. if you are wealthy, it doesn't matter. i just want to do a great job. i don't care. i want to do the right job. when this great building company comes here and wants to build a plant, i want to make it easy for them, not hard for them. i'm not jealous of them. i couldn't care less. i'm not jealous of them. [applause] i got sued on a thing called
emoluments. emoluments. nobody ever heard of it before. hey went back. nobody looks at obama getting nobody looks at obama getting $60 million for a book. even though nobody in history ever got that much for a book. obama got $60 million. think of it. $60 million for a book. nobody looks, nobody looks at any, but with me, it's everything. emoluments. nobody knows what it is. here's the good news. last month, i just won two cases on emoluments. the judge was scolding of the other side. what it is, is presidential harassment. because this thing is costing me a fortune, and i love it. i love it because i'm making the lives of other people much, much better. [applause] nd each of you here today is living proof that america never surrenders.
we don't surrender. and we were in bad shape. this area was in really bad shape. now you look outside, it's like the eighth wonder of the world. under my administration, we are fighting back and we are winning because we are truly and finally putting america first. [applause] after years of building up foreign countries, we are finally building up our country. think of it. we protect the border of south korea, but we don't protect our own border. but now we are, and the wall is being built. we won that case two weeks ago. we won that case. the wall is there. we are going to have a lot of it. we are going to have anywhere from 400-500 miles built. we are building a lot of wall.
we need it. we need it. we want people to come into our country. they have to come in legally, and we want them to come in through merit. the last administration tried to shut down pennsylvania coal and pennsylvania fracking. if they got in, your fracking is gone, your coal is gone. i don't know what the hell you're going to do. you don't want to make widgets, right? you want to learn how to make a computer, little tiny pieces of stuff? with those big, beautiful hands of yours? you're going to take those big hands and this little tiny part, you're going to go home, alice, this is no job. no, you want to make steel and you want to dig coal, and that's what you want to do. i was in west virginia when hillary made that terrible statement that she wants to close up all of the coal. she forgot in three weeks she
was going to west virginia. remember, she wanted to close up all the coal. she was in an area where they didn't do the coal and she said we look forward to closing up all the coal. steel is going to be in big trouble. she forgot, three weeks she was going to west virginia. that didn't work out too well. i won that one by 42 points. 42 points. west virginia. and i actually think this time we have a good chance of winning virginia, which is a tough one to win, because you have some people there that maybe don't agree with us, but i think we have a really good chance of virginia, which is something that hasn't been won by a republican in a long time. but a lot of this is common sense. they say politics, great politics is common sense. but on my first day in office, i ended the war on american energy. that's common sense, i think, you know?
that is common sense. we are lucky. you go to places like china, they don't have oil and gas. they don't have it under, they have to go buy it, and then they devalue their currency and manipulate the currency. and that has cost them a fortune, to go out and buy it. they hurt themselves in the long run, but they are devaluing all over the place, as others are. we have this unbelievable, we have the greatest resources in the world, which really came about over the last few years. nobody knew this. fracking made it possible, other new technologies made it possible. now we are the number one, think of it, as i said. we are the number one energy producer in the world. i'm so proud of that. we were going to be number five. they were going to close it up, they were going to close it up, and it's common sense. they wanted to take away our wealth. that's what the paris accord would have done. it would have taken away our wealth. it wasn't for us. it was good for others, it
wasn't for us. we had to pay money to other countries that are very substantial countries. they wanted to take away your wealth. they didn't want you to drill. they didn't want you to frack. they didn't want you to do steel. they wanted to take away your wealth. now, the press will try to spin that differently, but i am right. the fake news. [applause] thats a lot of people back there for an 11:00 speech. thats a lot of people. thats a lot. thats like the academy awards during the day. it used to be. you know, the academy awards is on hard times now. nobody wants to watch it. you know, why? because they started taking us on. everyone got tired of it. its amazing. that used to be second after the super bowl, and then, all of a sudden, now its just another show. because people got tired of people getting up and making fools of themselves and disrespecting the people in this room and the people that won the election in 2016. and the people that won the
senate, without me on the ticket, in 2018. you know, they never say that. we won the senate. thats why well have appointed, within two months, 179 federal judges and two supreme court judges. think of that. 179. but they dont say we won the senate, they say we lost the house. there were a lot of people running for the house. its hard for me to campaign. but almost everybody i campaigned for won. we had tremendous records in 2018 and i wasnt running. theres a big difference. in 2020, were running, so you better get out there and make sure we win. and we have a record that nobodys ever had. remember, when i was running, i was saying, were going to do this. were going to create jobs. big yawn. lets give him a shot. what do we have to lose, right? i said that with african americans. hey had the worst crime rates,
the worst education, the worst everything. they had like 10 things -- im reading it off a list. i looked and i said, what the hell do you have to lose? but i really sort of said the same thing to everybody because our country wasnt doing well with biden and obama. it wasnt doing well. they were pouring money in and it wasn't doing well. even now, you know, you see the interest rates. im paying a normalized interest rate. we should be paying less, frankly. this guy has made a big mistake. hes made a big mistake -- the head of the fed. that was another beauty that i chose. but even with that, were paying a normalized interest rate. the nice thing is you get some interest from the bank. with president obama, he was paying nothing. its easy to make money when you are paying nothing. you are paying zero. easy. but even with that, our economy is roaring and his wasnt. it was the weakest economy since the great depression. so we have it going.
our country now has the hottest economy anywhere in the world. every time a prime minister, president, king, queen, dictator, whatever they may be, some are sort of mutual. some you have presidents and prime ministers who are actually dictators. but they come in and they see me at the oval office, they always say -- almost everybody -- congratulations on your incredible economy. what you have done is incredible, the tax cuts, the regulation cuts, all of the things weve done. and they want to try and copy us. its not easy to copy us. part of the reason it's not easy is because of the people like this all over the country. the people in this room. you are incredible people. that was an incredible win. thank you. incredible. incredible people. incredible people. and here in the appalachian region, where the marcellus and utica shale formations generate one-third of american natural gas. think of that.
you've been sitting on this for a long time, and yet, look at the numbers. look at the way you lived. because you never had anybody that wanted to take advantage of it, but now we're taking advantage of it. you're sitting on gold, and we're taking advantage of it. and your future has never looked brighter or better. it's so great that you stayed, because you suffered. this whole region -- appalachia. it just suffered, this whole region, with great people -- the greatest people. and you suffered. when this plant opens, 600 american workers will get the fulltime jobs, with quality healthcare, pensions, and great pay to support a family. and you have -- i said before -- almost 2,000 construction workers. and you're going to another plant because we're going to talk to bechtel after this, and we're talking to shell. you got the boss from shell.
you people dont realize, that's a big deal. i don't know where the hell he comes from. where are you based? it's not in this country. hey, how about moving shell to the united states? [applause] well, we're ready if you are. just let me know. but they have their big usa division. but that's a great company. it's a big deal. and that you're here is a big deal. that's a big deal to me, and it's a big deal to everybody in this room. [applause] you
have the top man at shell. but this is just the beginning. my administration is clearing the way for other massive, multi-billion-dollar investments. we just did one in louisiana. it is a $10 billion plant. there's more pipes in that plant than i've ever seen in my life. lng. it's an lng plant. $10 billion, and we are now -- it is totally sold out. they sell it like you rent office space. can you believe it? it's all sold out.
all over the world, people have used it. and you havent had a plant like that built in this country, really, ever, because there's never been anything that big. but you didnt build plants like that because, environmentally, they werent letting you. and yet, environmentally, it's so good what they've done and what they can build today. investments that could bring more than 100,000 new jobs to this region are now being looked at very seriously. i really do. i feel the hundred thousand jobs, andrew, is going to be a very low number. i think you're going to have many more. this is an incredible region. you're sitting on top of something special. it's all fueled by the greatest treasure on this planet, american energy. and we dont want people taking that away from us. two more companies have recently proposed a $10 billion
investment in the great state of ohio. incredible state. [applause] we have tens of billions of dollars' worth of investments. this is really good stuff that we're now negotiating. but these two are in ohio. the energy revolution is also creating new jobs in west virginia, mexico, colorado, exas, kansas, louisiana, indiana, michigan, illinois, tennessee, north carolina, south carolina, all across our beautiful land. you have no idea what's going on, including, as i said before, car companies. we didnt make cars. we lost 32 percent of our car companies to mexico, before i got there, by the way. now it's very, very hard to do that anymore. nobody is going to be looking that way, i dont think. and i want to thank mexico because the president now has been great. he's got 27,000 soldiers on our southern border and on his border with guatemala, keeping
our borders safe. [applause] our numbers are plummeting --the people coming in. all because the democrats won't approve fixing the loopholes and asylum. so, i want to thank mexico. it's incredible. we have close to 27,000 -- so, you think of that. you we never had three. i think we had about two and a half soldiers. one was sitting down all the time. we had nobody. and dont forget, the southern border is 2,000 miles, from the gulf to the pacific. we have 27,000, and they're doing a great job. and they're helping themselves too because they're disrupting and really hurting the cartels. so much of that stuff is run illegally by the cartels, human trafficking, drugs, people. it's terrible.
and mexico, i'll tell you, they're -- so far. i hope they're going to keep it up. i hope they're going to keep it up. but they've been great. and 27,000 people. they wouldnt have done that for any other president, that i can tell you. with us today are a few of the hardworking pennsylvania patriots who are making this comeback possible. jason eckhart is the third generation of his family to work on these grounds. and he's doing better than any of them. by the way, three years ago, you wouldnt have said that. three years ago, his father would say, "hey, i had it made." his grandparents would say, "we had it made." now he can look at them and say, "dad, we have it made. his father and grandfather worked for the zinc smelting company previously housed at this site. when that plant closed in 2014, 500 jobs disappeared like magic. remember president obama, "you need magic to bring back manufacturing jobs. you need a magic wand." remember? well, so far, we've brought back 600,000 manufacturing
jobs. [applause] and jason never imagined he would get the chance to carry on his family's legacy. but now, he has. he is carrying it on, and he's carrying it on proudly. he's a great american. jason -- where are you, jason? jason. jason. come on up, jason. come on. let's get jason up. [applause] i'd like jason to tell us what this great facility means to him and to his family. thank you. [applause] jason: it's been amazing to see the transformation on this site, from a 100-year-old zinc
smelter to a state-of-the-art petrochem facility. i'm very proud to be part of pennsylvania chemicals, to edevelop this site, and create the jobs in western pennsylvania for all of you. [applause] it's very exciting to think about what we have to come, starting this place up and having jobs into the future for our families. as a native from this area -- i'm from right here in center township, i can appreciate how much this means to the area. i'm really proud to be a part of this and be proud of all you guys. thanks. [applause] res. trump: thank you, jason. great. did you enjoy doing that, jason? huh? i think so. you had a big group of people back here that likes you a lot. they're giving him a hard time back there, right? his friends. thanks, jason.
heather michaux grew up here in beaver county, and has been working for shell in other states for several years. now, she can raise her family right near her parents and loved ones, and actually be home, where she wants to be and where she belongs. heather, please come up and tell us about your journey. [applause] heather: thank you, mr. president. so, for me, when shell announced that we were going to be building a facility in beaver county, i was in texas and i was so excited -- but not just for me getting to further my career and move home. i was excited for all the possibilities that had opened up for my hometown. i was excited because i recognized the potential that a place like this has, for us to be able to hone our existing skills and to gain new ones, too.
so i knew that we, the hardworking people of western pennsylvania -- and other places in the u.s., too -- would now have this fresh opportunity and would take advantage of it. and thats the opportunity that i see the thousands of you folks taking advantage of now -- not only today, but were also creating something that is going to well outlive us by building this site. and i am really proud to be a part of that legacy, sir. pres. trump: thank you very much. [applause] great job. thank you. shell be running for office oon. fantastic job. samantha polizotto was a single mom working full-time when she earned about process technology training programs at the local community college funded by shell. she became the first woman to
graduate from that program, and she made the deans list. thats pretty good. now, shes leading the way as one of the very first production operators hired here at shell. samantha, please come up and say a few words. please. [applause] samantha: growing up in beaver county, i can recall people talking of the good old days, when steel mills were running and, often, people were born and spent their whole lives in the same town. local families had multiple generations working the same industry and, in many cases, the same companies. this was a fact for our parents. but with the fall of the steel mills in this area, it began to see a period of stagnation. hardworking men and women in this area, full of pride, still lace up their work boots, driving by the vacant skeletons of the old mills and refineries, holding onto the hope that, one day, this area
would see its former glory. the announcement of shell pennsylvania chemicals plant seems to have kindled that spark within the community. it has provided an opportunity for steady employment for many different skilled tradesmen, emptying many of the local union halls. as a young woman, this has also afforded me an incredible opportunity to come into the ground floor of an unprecedented project. in school, i chose a field far different than many of my female colleagues. process technology is a focused area of studies around production and operations. predominantly male-dominated careers, i knew there would be challenges as i entered the workforce. being a mother and a wife, i must balance my responsibilities at work and at home. the challenges i have faced have been softened by a network of support that has been given to me not only by my family,
but also through the community college of beaver county, my coworkers, and, now, the culture of care at shell. i am proud to play a role in this project, as it restores this area and makes beaver county great again. [applause] pres. trump: thank you, samantha. that was a great job. thank you. to help create more opportunities for workers like jason, heather, and samantha, my administration started the pledge to americas workers. our partners are providing over 12 million training and enhanced career opportunities to american workers. and my daughter, ivanka, is working so hard on it. shes done a great job. twelve million people, so far, have been positively affected. today, im pleased to announce that shell is signing the pledge to americas workers to provide enhanced career opportunities.
by the way, shell, thank you. [applause] they are providing career opportunities to 3,300 workers over five years, right here in western pennsylvania. thats great. thank you, fellas. thank you very much. [applause] and thank you, hilary, for that tremendous commitment that youve made. we really appreciate it. fantastic job. under this administration, we live by two very simple words, uy american. thats what we want. im going to add something, "hire american." its about hiring american, buying american. its about america first. its about make america great again. it is about "keep america great." [applause] despite all of this exceptional progress, however, some politicians in this country
still want to keep americas vast energy treasures buried deep underground and let other nations take advantage of our country. not happening anymore. they see factories like this one not as a cause for celebration, but for condemnation. democrats in congress are pushing hard for the green new deal. how about that one? green new deal. [crowd booing] where it puts everybody in this room out of work. everybody out of work. but i dont want to speak badly about it. youve heard me say this, i want to encourage them. that should be their platform. [laughter] i dont want to do it too early. i did it very early, with pocahontas, i should have probably waited. shes staging a comeback on sleepy joe. [laughter] i dont know whos going to win, but well have to hit pocahontas very hard again if she does win. but shes staging a little bit of a comeback.
what a group, pocahontas and sleepy joe. i dont think they give a damn about western pennsylvania, do you? i dont think so. and other radical plans to wipe out our coal. thats what they want. they want to wipe out our oil. they want to wipe out our natural gas industries, while allowing other countries to steal our jobs. virtually every leading democrat has vowed to eliminate fossil fuels, obliterating millions of american jobs, devastating communities, and bankrupting factories, families, and senior citizens all across this region. and, by the way, this is only fuel that has the power for plants. when you have to steam up and you have to fuel up on these giant plants, these giant generators, these giant electrical factories, you need what youre doing. you need this.
its got the power. the other doesn't have the power, certainly not yet, probably never will. and were not taking chances. and we have the cleanest air and water weve ever had in our country right now. the cleanest weve ever had. and were going to keep it that way. [applause] but were never going to allow other countries and outside sources to take away our great wealth, because thats what they want to do. they want to take away our wealth, take away our jobs. were not going to let it happen. to see the destructive results of the far-lefts energy nightmare, just compare the enormous success here in pennsylvania with the tremendous folly happening right across a line -- a little line -- in new york. both states have vast energy reserves, but new york prohibits development while
pennsylvania welcomes it. from 2010 to 2017, natural gas production plummeted by nearly 70 percent in new york, but it soared almost 1,000 percent in pennsylvania. and new york wont allow us to build a pipeline across because new york is sort of a long state, and we cant have pipelines going across, helping a region thats not a wealthy region at all. they have a lot of economic roblems. people are leaving, left and right. we want to get it over to the waters. we want to get it over to the oceans. we want to get it up to new england, where they have the highest energy costs anywhere in the united states. we cant get energy because new york doesnt allow the pipelines to go through. and thats going to be very costly for new york, ultimately. as a result, families in pennsylvania shale country got more jobs, billions of dollars in royalty payments, and wages that are significantly higher
compared to their neighbors just across the state line. meanwhile, families in new york -- i love new york. thats where im from. probably, most of you dont know that. thats where im from. theyre burdened with more power outages and electricity rates -- you never saw anything like this -- that are much, much higher than neighboring states and than your state. new york energy rates are through the roof. new england, through the roof. a lot of it has to do with the fact that we cant get ipelines through new york. new york wont let us. they wont let us. all new york likes to do is sue me. they like to sue me. theyre always suing. i said, which lawyer is handling that case?" they sue me for everything so they can try to stop us by any means possible.
the radical left wants to do to america what theyve done to new york, raise prices, kill jobs, and leave our nation less independent and far less secure. my vision is the exact opposite. and we want to work with new york, and we want to help new york. they need jobs in new york so badly. you know, they talk about the environment. so you have the state line, and over here you have machinery fracking. and over here you have nothing, except poverty. over here you have people driving new cars and nice cars. and over here you have cars that are 40 years old. now, what does that have to do with the environment? its the same. its an artificial line. and i wonder what happens when they get down there. what happens? i just wonder, is new york losing its wealth? you know what im talking about, right? what happens when those lines go down and they can go in any direction now? the equipment is so incredible. so, hopefully, we can help new york. i want to help new york so
much. we will never allow ourselves to be at the mercy of foreign energy suppliers. and thats whats fighting us. they dont want us to have great energy. theyve made a fortune selling us energy. you probably saw the straits the other day. very few american boats are there. they capture -- iran, i broke up that deal. that was a good thing to do. its a whole different country right now. [applause] but theyre capturing boats from other countries. theyre not taking our boats. and one of the things that was brought up by the media, actually -- and wisely and correctly brought out -- we have very few boats going there anymore because we have our own oil and gas. we dont need it from the middle east anymore. [applause] and thats why were pursuing a future not only of energy independence -- but not just words. you know, youve been hearing energy independence for years
nd years, and you'd hear it. but what we want now is not independence, we want american energy dominance. dominance. [applause] instead of relying on foreign countries, we are now relying on american producers. and we are relying on american workers to build our own future right here on american soil. its time. [applause] and together, were defending the oil and gas workers who light up our cities and uplift our communities. were fighting for the technicians and construction workers here in beaver county who are building a powerful engine of american commerce. theres no place like what youre seeing right outside these doors. there is no place like it. were here once again to stand up for the engineers and the factory workers who will shape the work of your hands into american-made products sold all
over the world. thats whats going to happen. thats what youre producing. and everyday patriots who make this all possible, you are the backbone of america. the absolute backbone.backbone . the absolute backbone. you have not been given the honor of having that said by other people. you are the backbone of this country. [applause] >> so true. you are the ones who work hard. pay your taxes, bill your neighborhoods, obey our laws, safeguard our values. nationis land greatest ever to exist on the face of the earth. you are the ones who do it. we work with a lot of people. you are there. you are doing it. you have always been loyal to america. now, you have a president of the united states who is loyal to
you. [applause] our vision is pro-worker, pro-jobs, profamily, pro-growth, pro-energy, and 100% pro-american. [applause] >> we are taking care of our military. we are taking care of our veterans, veterans choice. you have been hearing about it for 45 years. i got it approved. veterans choice. we are taking care of our veterans. we are taking care of our military like never before. [applause] americans can do anything. go anywhere. outperform anyone. nobody can beat us. nothing can stop us.
because winning is what americans do. winning is what we know best. we will keep winning, winning, winning. i used to tell you the story about winning. i used to say, your great leaders would come to washington. they would say, president, we are winning too much. we cannot take it anymore. the people of pennsylvania cannot stand winning. years andt won for years, and now we are winning too much. for the good of the people of pennsylvania, stop winning. stop creating all these jobs. stop creating all this product. please, sir. i said to them, and i will say to them, we are never going to stop winning. like what ever won has happened over the last couple of years. no one has ever won like you are
winning. i have more than fulfilled my promises. -- hehey said he promised actually produced more than he promised. we are going to produce more and more. i want to thank everybody. with your help, factory floors across this land are once more crackling with life. our steel mills are fired up and blazing bright. the assembly lines are roaring. industry is booming. the hearts of our workers, the american spirit is soaring higher, stronger, freer, and greater than ever before. i want to thank you all for giving this nation your very best. your very best cannot be beaten. i want to thank you for filling america with pride. we are proud of you. we think you are just incredible, incredible people. it is an honor for me to be with you in pennsylvania.
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