President Trump was in Ohio earlier this week (where the voters love him), pushing his plan to increase infrastructure spending and improve our nation’s ailing bridges, roads, and rail.
It’s plain to see that the folks in Ohio still love President Trump and he knows how to connect with them. It’s all about jobs, jobs, and more jobs.
It is great to be back in Ohio. We love Ohio. You remember Ohio. Oh, boy. It was supposed to be close. It wasn’t close.
And so wonderful to speak on the shores of the very magnificent Ohio River.
We’re here today to talk about rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure. Isn’t it about time? Spending money all over the world except here. We don’t spend our money here. We spend it all over. And we’ll do it using American labor, American energy, American iron, aluminum and steel.
We believe in the dignity of work and in the greatness of the American worker. No worker like our American worker. I want to thank Secretary Perdue, Secretary Zinke and Administrator Pruitt for joining us today. And you saw what we did with our great administrator. You saw what happened last week with the so-called Paris Accord. We will — we will keep our nation so great and so strong, and we will never have outside forces telling us what to do and how to do it. Believe me.
That would have been a huge anchor on our country. I’m also grateful that governor Matt Bevin, his wife, Glenna, and his family could be here, along with Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton from Kentucky. Great place. Where’s Jenean?
And Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor from Ohio. Thank you, Mary. Thank you very much.
We’re also very excited to be joined by top labor leaders in the United States. I’ve negotiated with these people for so long. They’re tough. But they get the job done. Right? right? Together, we’re going to put our skilled tradespeople back to work.
Sean McGarvey is here with us today, president of the North American Building Trades Union. Sean took part in one of our very first meetings at the White House.
That was a great meeting, Sean.
And was there with us when we issued the long-awaited approval for the Keystone XL Pipeline, which has started.
After years and years of stagnation, they said that’s never going to happen; we’ve got to start it. It’s going to happen, and it’s about 48,000 jobs. It’s a big job. And that’s just the beginning. We have many other things happening, including, as you know, the Dakota Pipeline. Also moving along, and very rapidly.
We will also welcome Eric Dean, president of the United Ironworkers, and Terry O’Sullivan of the Laborers International Union of North America.
I will proudly say to you all today what I told you and told our labor unions two months ago in Washington: As long as I am president, America’s labor leaders will always find an open door at the White House. We had a great day.
We love our workers…
So I want to thank all of the great workers for being here today. I want to thank all of the great business leaders. You have some business leaders that are legendary people in the audience, running massive, massive companies.
And being slowed down, but now they’ll be able to speed it up. Not only are we going to repair much of the depleted infrastructure, but we’re going to create brand new projects that excite and inspire because that is what a great country does. That is what a great country has to do. America wants to build. Across the nation, our amazing construction workers — steelworkers, iron workers, fitters, electricians and so many others — are just waiting to get back to work. With the talent and skill they represent, which believe me, I grew up in the building business. I know the talent and the skill and the courage and everything else that they have.
There is no limit to what we can achieve. All it takes is a bold and daring vision and the will to make it happen. Nearly two centuries ago, one American governor had just such a vision and a will. His name was Governor Dewitt Clinton. As the governor of New York state, he dreamed of a canal stretching nearly 400 miles to connect the Atlantic Ocean in the east with the Great Lakes in the west.
He predicted that its construction would place New York city at the very center of worldwide commerce. He took the idea to Washington, but President Thomas Jefferson — great president — didn’t agree with him and he dismissed that concept as total madness.
I’d like to thank all of the people that helped so much in that incredible event. And I think that Jefferson simply understood who he was and who he was dealing with. Because if you want a New Yorker to do something, just tell them, like our great past governor, that it’s impossible to do. The governor didn’t give up and New York state achieved what they thought was the impossible.
And when the Erie Canal opened in 1825, he was on the first boat. He personally deposited a bucket of water from the Great Lakes into the New York harbor. The new canal exceeded even the governor’s bold vision. It dramatically reduced the time and cost required to transport goods from the heartland.
As a result, new settlers rushed into the Midwest, including two right smack here. Probably some of you indirectly, right? Definitely some of you. Just as the daring dreams of our ancestors opened new paths to cross our land, today we will build the dreams that open new paths to a better tomorrow.TRUMP: We, too, will see jobs and wealth flood into the heartland, and see new products and new produce made and grown right here in the USA. And you don’t hear that much anymore. We will buy American and we will hire American.
We will not, so importantly, be content to let our nation become a museum of former glories. We will construct incredible new monuments to American grit that inspire wonder for generations and generations to come.
We will build because our people want to build and because we need them to build. We will build because our prosperity demands it. And above all, we will build because that is how we make American great again.
Thank you. God bless you.
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