Trump: ‘Made in America’ isn’t a Slogan… It’s a ‘Way of Life’

This past week President Trump was proving once again that he knows exactly how to fire up his blue collar, Midwestern base.

The President travelled out to Granite City, Illinois to make some remarks on tariffs, trade and jobs in the wake of his HUGE announcement that we’d be moving closer to real free and fair trade with our friends in the European Union. His speech also coincided the other HUGE economic announcement that was released on Friday detailing the news that our nation had its best economic quarter in more than a decade. 4.1% growth over the last quarter is something to cheer about, and the President made sure he heard plenty of cheers from the folks in Illinois.

Here’s one of the lines that really riled them up:

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“Made in America. It’s not just a slogan but a way of life. I remember when I was growing up, ‘Made in the U.S.A,’ it was on everything. It was on everything. A country, Czeckolosavkia, a long time ago, people used to take single dollar bills and they used to paint them and paste them onto the windshield of their car because it represented America. That’s all coming back. That’s what’s happening. Made in the U.S.A., made in America. We’re proud of it again.”

Here’s the entire Speech:

Transcript from RCP:

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: That’s a great song, isn’t it? Well thank you all, and I’m thrilled to be here in Granite City with the incredible men and women of U.S. Steel. Great company, great company.

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And we love our steel workers, and our steel workers are going back to work in record numbers, you notice?

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We’re here today to celebrate a great victory, a victory for all of you, for this community and for our entire country. After years of shutdowns and cutbacks, today the blast furnace here in Granite City is blazing bright, workers are back on the job and we are once again pouring new American steel into the spine of our country.

(APPLAUSE)

I want to thank Secretary Ross who’s here with us today and Secretary Acosta. And they’ve been fighting for your jobs, for our jobs for a long time. We’re also joined by the three true friends of American steel workers, Representative Mike Bost, Rodney Davis and John Shimkus. Fellas, thank you very much.

(APPLAUSE)

They fight for you. I’ll tell you what, those three people fight for you all of the time. In fact, they fight so much that I sometimes say I don’t want to take their call today.

(LAUGHTER)

But they’re with you all the way. Very special people, hard-working Congressmen. I also want to thank the President and CEO of the United States Steel corporation, David Burritt. David, thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

And David actually gave me a couple of words when I walked in, and I said you know what David, I’d love you and Doug Matthews and some of the folks that you want to bring, if you want to bring anybody, come up here, I want to shake your hand.

What a job you’re doing. U.S. Steel is back — U.S. Steel is back. Get up here, David.

(APPLAUSE)

That’s great. I’d love you to say a few words and explain what’s happened over the last four or five months with steel in the United States. Thanks, David.

(APPLAUSE)

BURRITT: Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you so much, Mr. President and also a special thanks to Commerce Secretary Ross for the heavy lifting you’ve done and — and Congressmen, thank you so very much and Dr. Navarro (ph) as well, so thank you.

Give it up for them.

(APPLAUSE)

It does indeed feel like a renaissance here for U.S. Steel. You know, the President’s been in office really only a short time, but a lot has happened for our company because of the President. Thank you, sir.

(APPLAUSE)

We have a lot of work to do. This is a — a company that has — was originally known as a great, iconic corporation back in 1901. We need to bring back that status, we need to make U.S. Steel great again.

(APPLAUSE)

We are so fortunate to have this type of leadership at this point in time. We’re so glad you’re back and I’m so glad you’re back working safely. You know, we can do this. You know, we can have steel that’s mined, melted and made in the USA.

(APPLAUSE)

In fact, that’s exactly what this facility does, it gets the taconite pellets from our mining site in Minnesota, we get coal from Appalachia, we put it all together and we’re able to make this great steel, and you’re back because of the policies that are in place, and we — we need to keep those policies in place, and with a President like this, we just know he will never blink.

(APPLAUSE)

D. TRUMP: Thank you, fellas. Thank you, David. It’s been so hard to start the steel business back up. You know, this isn’t like a regular business where if you don’t have it, it’s just fine. You need steel coming from our country, you need aluminum coming for — right here in the USA, and we’ve got aluminum coming out good, we’ve got steel coming out beyond good, I think we can say that, David.

And we have lots of other things happening, and we’ll be talking about them as we go along. I want to introduce a very special person, a tremendous talent. Of course, I’m a little prejudiced because she’s my daughter, Ivanka.

I said I’ll bring you up Ivanka.

(APPLAUSE)

Done a great job. She loves this country, I can tell you that folks. Honey, say a few words, please.I. TRUMP: Thank you. Thank you, wow. It’s great to be here in Illinois. One thing I can tell you is that this President and this administration loves its steel workers.

(APPLAUSE)

This President and this administration is fighting for each and every one of you, and it is an honor to be here. The economy is booming, steel is coming roaring back and we are so incredibly proud of each and every one of you.

And thank you to U.S. Steel for — for being here and for having us here. And thank you for — for this President, for enabling it to happen. So thank you Illinois, thank you everyone.

(APPLAUSE)

D. TRUMP: Thank you, honey. Yeah, we’ve made a lot of improvement, a lot of things are happening and together, we really are starting to live by two very important rules: buy American and hire American, right?

(APPLAUSE)

Of course, in terms of a slogan, the greatest perhaps ever in the history of politics, “make America great again.” That’s the best. That’s the best.

(APPLAUSE)

And in a couple of years, we change that slogan — I hate to tell you this, to “keep America great” because that’s what’s happening. Keep America great. So your hat will be a little bit obsolete, but that’s OK.

That’s OK. Because that’s what’s happening; we’ve never seen anything like going on right now. You can have very big numbers announced tomorrow. I don’t know what they are, but a lot of big predictions.

If I would have said it on the campaign trail, GDP numbers will be announced tomorrow sometime. I don’t know what they are, but I — I think they’re going to be terrific.

You know, when we took over it was really low, and it was heading lower, a lot lower. And it was going to be there fast. And great things have happened. So whatever those numbers are, watch for them. Somebody actually predicted today, 5.3. I don’t think that’s going to happen; 5.3.

(APPLAUSE)

If it has a 4 in front of it, we’re happy. If it has like a 3, but it’s a 3.8, 3.9, 3.7 we’re OK. But these are unthinkable numbers. If I would have used these numbers during the campaign, the fake news back there would have said, he’s exaggerating.

(APPLAUSE)

Look at all those cameras. All those cameras, every stop I get all these cameras. This never happened to Obama. This never happened to Bush. This didn’t happen. They just follow. They’re dying to see us make a little bit of a mistake. They analyze every word. They say, did he say that? Could it have been?

Did he say something positive about Russia? I think he loves Russia. And I see along with Russia, but that’s OK. But these people, they analyze every single word and they follow us.

And you know what? The good news is: we can get the word out. We can get the word out. And the word that I get out is what’s happened to steel in this country, Dave just said, over the last six months. Even though we’ve been here for a little more than a year and a half, but we really hit it big over the last six months with what we’ve done.

They were dumping steel all over the country — dumping it like it was garbage. And they were putting all of you people out of work. Now you’re making your own steel. And the United States is taking in billions of dollars. They never say that. And also jobs, and also, we’re recreating a giant industry. We need steel.

We need steel plants. And to see an old big monster plant like this reopening, that is an honor. And I look at the faces of you people. I could be one of you. I could be one of you. I like you guys. I like you guys, I tell you, but I could be one of you. It’s true.

(APPLAUSE)

Looking around, all these good looking people, it could be me. And I’d be happy if I was, because you’re opening up plants all over the country. TRUMP: I think U.S. Steel is opening up seven plants and expanding. They’re taking areas that they never thought they’d see again in these big old plants. They have a little corner of a building. And now they’re taking half the building and all of this giant building. It’s a big difference, David. Thank you very much for doing a great job.

(APPLAUSE)

You’ve been a great spokesman. And I know you’re all proud to work at a company where the steel is, in fact, mined and melted and made in America. For more than a century, the workers here at Granite City Mill helped build the most powerful and prosperous nation ever to exist on the face of the earth. That’s right.

(APPLAUSE)

They poured the sweat from their brows and the love from their souls to support their families. And they loved their country. We all love our country.

But bad things were happening. Three years ago, the flood of subsidized imports and the tidal wave of unfair trade targeting our steel industry and, frankly, lots of other industries. It finally caught up with Granite City Steel.

Hundreds of workers were laid off. Your two beautiful blast furnaces were idle. And the lifeblood of this community was drained.

Over the last two decades, nearly two-thirds of American raw steel companies went out of business. More than one-third of the steel jobs vanished.

We need steel mills for national security. Remember that. This isn’t just price.

(APPLAUSE)

This isn’t just “Gee, we could do it for a little bit less.” We need it for national security.

(APPLAUSE)

Our steel towns became ghost towns. More than 70,000 hardworking Americans lost their jobs, their hope and their way of life. You people know it better than anybody.

Other countries cheated and broke the rules. they subsidized their industries. They targeted our factories, our workers, our country.

They went after our companies and they stole our intellectual property like it never even belonged to us, like it wasn’t our idea in the first place.

Our trade deficit ballooned to $817 billion. Think of that. We lost $817 billion a year over the last number of years in trade. In other words, if we didn’t trade, we’d save a hell of a lot of money.

And our leaders (ph) said the only choice was economic surrender. They surrendered. And by the way, even the politicians in Washington, nobody wanted me to be doing what I’m doing. The country was doing well.

But ultimately, it was going to be a very bad thing for our country. So I did it and I did it when we were the strongest. We’re having the best economy we’ve ever had in the history of our country. And this is the time…

(APPLAUSE)

This is the time — right. This is the time to straighten out the worst trade deals ever made by any country on earth ever in history. These deals were made by people, I don’t know if they didn’t understand or if they didn’t care or if they didn’t, frankly, love our country.

But we have the worst trade deals ever made in history. But now they’re becoming good again.

(APPLAUSE)

We are here today because America never surrenders. We don’t wave the white flag. We only wave the flag that we love. It’s called “red, white and blue” and it’s beautiful.

(APPLAUSE)

America is fighting back and we’re winning. We’re winning. You’re two great congressmen, we talked about winning before. They came up to me and they said, “You know, we’ve never seen anything like what’s happening in this country.” But nobody has because it’s never happened before, what’s happening with us right now.

But this is a special industry to me. This is steel. This isn’t another — this is steel. And we’re watching this one closely. And it’s going up, Dave (ph). Only up.

(APPLAUSE)

For years, politicians — other than the three politicians with us today — these politicians ran for office, pledging to crack down on unfair foreign trade. Only to get elected, get into office and then do absolutely nothing except let our country get ripped off.

But I’m not like other politicians. I’ve never been a politician before. I only started two and a half years ago and I became president. How am I doing, OK?

(APPLAUSE)

But I keep my promises. And I keep my promises to your industry, and I keep my promises to the workers of this country.

Four months ago, I stood alongside steelworkers just like you and I announced that to defend our national security, we were placing a 10 percent tariff on foreign aluminum and a 25 percent tariff on foreign steel.

That very same week, U.S. Steel announced it was restarting production right here in Granite City, and bringing back far more than the original estimate of 500 jobs. A lot more than that now.

(APPLAUSE)

And just last month, U.S. Steel announced the reopening of the second blast furnace, far ahead of schedule, meaning almost a thousand jobs. And those are good-paying jobs.

(APPLAUSE)

Very soon, these amazing workers will once again be pumping out 2.7 million tons of raw American steel every single year. And the number’s going to go, Dave (ph), a lot higher than that. I can stay it. You probably aren’t allowed to do that. But I can say it, OK?

(APPLAUSE)

And we know that American steel is the best steel in the world. We don’t have to worry about the quality. I was in the construction business, I know a lot about steel and would order steel and sometimes, depending on where it came from, it wasn’t steel. It was a lot of garbage that looked like steel.

We don’t have to worry about that. And we also know that our steel industry is vital to our security and to our prosperity. If you don’t have steel, you don’t have a country.

(APPLAUSE)

Together, we’re sending a message to our foreign competitors. The days of plundering American jobs and wealth, those days are over.

(APPLAUSE)

Just like I promised, we are finally putting — first time in a long time, many decades, many, many decades — we’re putting America first. It’s all about that. (inaudible)

(APPLAUSE)

And by the way, other countries — and I said it last year at the United Nations — other countries, they should put themselves first. Right? They should put themselves first. We’re not America First and other people, forget about them.

I said at the United Nations, “We’re putting America first. And if you’re the leader of another country, you should put your country first.” But we’ll be able to compete and win against any country. That I know.

(APPLAUSE)

I also know that not one person in this room has sat down since I got up and started speaking. And I know that the press will say that he didn’t get any standing ovations.

(LAUGHTER)

That’s because they never had to stand. They were already standing. No.

(APPLAUSE)

So. They were already standing. So they’ll say, “This was not a well-received speech. He didn’t get any standing ovations.” No, they sit (ph). What do you do when they stood from the beginning to the end of the speech?

But I want to thank everybody. And thanks to our tariffs, idle factories throughout our nation are roaring back to life.

(UNKNOWN): Thank you.

TRUMP: Republic Steel is bringing back 1,000 jobs in Ohio. The Georgetown Mill in South Carolina is finally reopening after four and a half years.

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Everywhere I go to make a speech, they say, “Sir, it’s amazing. The steel mill which has been closed for 20 years, for 10 years, for 5 years — sir, it’s opening.” And I always mention it in the speeches. Georgetown is one of those places.

Big River Steel is investing billions of dollars to build a brand-new plant in Texas and to upgrade another one in Arkansas.

(APPLAUSE)

Nucor is creating 250 but ultimately going to at least 1,000 jobs in the great state of Florida, another state we won. Big.

(APPLAUSE)

Commercial Metals will bring 300 jobs and a new micro-mill to Oklahoma. Hundreds of aluminum jobs are coming back to Kentucky and to Missouri, hundreds and hundreds. Across our land, we are witnessing an incredible resurgence of American prosperity, not just in steel, not just in aluminum.

We’ve added 3.7 million new jobs since the election, that beautiful, beautiful election in November of ’16.

(APPLAUSE)

It was your election, wasn’t my election. That was your election, folks. That was your election – including more than 370,000 manufacturing jobs alone. Remember this, they said oh, manufacturing is obsolete. I said let’s think of this, it’s obsolete – how is it obsolete? How do you make things if you don’t manufacture them?

They said they’re obsolete. So we’re going to soon be up to half a million jobs in a very short period of time. You heard me say this, I’m very proud of this – African American unemployment has reached its lowest level in history.

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Hispanic unemployment has reached its lowest level in history. Asian unemployment has reached its lowest level in history. And I’m sorry women to disappoint you – this is tough, but I did win that women’s vote, didn’t I?

(APPLAUSE)

Remember they said why would women vote for Trump? Well I don’t know, but I got more than she did, that’s pretty clever.

(APPLAUSE)

Listen to this, I’m sorry, I’m so embarrassed to say this cause Hispanic, African American, Asian, best numbers in history. Women unemployment only reached a 65 year low, I’m sorry. I’d like to apologize – I want to apologize to all the women in the audience.

But I will tell you within a short period of time that 65 year period will be history, it will be actually history in two ways. Manufacturing wages are expected to rise at the fastest rate in more than 18 years. 95 percent of American manufacturers are optimistic about their companies outlook.

That’s the highest level ever recorded, and this is old time statistics, they’ve been around a long time. That’s the highest level ever recorded. And thanks to our tariffs and the booming economy that we have created – not the past administration where the economy was going to hell.

U.S. Steel is now in the early stages, David, of investing over $2 billion in asset revitalization that will invest hundreds of millions of dollars, not just here, but in Pittsburgh, Detroit and Gary, Indiana. That’s great.

(APPLAUSE)

Thank you, David. Thank you, David. In the midst of this great economic revival, now is the time to finally fix the terrible, one-sided, unfair trade deals and practices that have cost our nation trillions of dollars and millions of jobs.

This is the time to do it, we’re strong, we’re doing well. We have a military that I just spent – I just got approved $700 billion to fix our military, which has fallen way behind.

(APPLAUSE)

Next year, we got approved $716 billion. We have soon the biggest, strongest military that we’ve ever had by far. It’ll be totally upgraded, beautiful new ships, beautiful new planes, beautiful new everything cause we have the greatest fighting people in the world.

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