Trump Pledges to Level the Playing Field for U.S. Workers

By Melanie Arter | February 17, 2017 | 3:55pm EST
President Donald Trump waves in front of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner while visiting the Boeing South Carolina facility in North Charleston, S.C., Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

( – President Donald Trump said Friday that he would level the playing field for American workers by reducing “job crushing regulations,” lowering taxes on U.S. businesses, enforcing trade rules and stopping “foreign cheating.”

“My focus has been all about jobs, and jobs is one of the primary reasons I’m standing here today as your president, and I will never, ever disappoint you,” Trump said during a rally at the Boeing facility in North Charleston, S.C. “I campaigned on the promise that I will do everything in my power to bring those jobs back into America.”

“It has to be much easier to manufacture in our country, and much harder to leave. I don’t want companies leaving our country, making their product, selling it back – no tax, no nothing, firing everybody in our country. We’re not letting that happen country anymore folks,” he said.

To this end, the president plans to impose “a very substantial penalty” for companies that “fire their people and move to another country, make the product and think that they’re going to sell it back over what will soon be a very, very strong border.”

As your president, I’m going to do everything I can to unleash the power of the American spirit and to put our great people back to work. This is our mantra: Buy American and Hire American. We want products made in America, made by American hands,” the president said.

The president said he will ensure that “our great service members have the tools, equipment, training, and resources they need to get the job done.”

“We will build a military might so great - and we are going to do that – that none will dare challenge it,” he said, adding that he will make sure the U.S. military has the latest, “most cutting edge systems in their arsenal.”

“You will be an important player in this effort,” Trump said. “Boeing has built many important aircraft, including, as I said the F-18 Super Hornet, the F-15 Strike Eagle, and the Apache helicopter, just to name a few.

“The new Air Force One, that plane as beautiful as it looks, is 30 years old. Can you believe it? What can look so beautiful at 30? An airplane. On every front, we are going to work for the American people,” he said.

To achieve his goal of bringing jobs back into the country, Trump said, “we’re going to massively reduce job crushing regulations - already started, you’ve seen that – that send our jobs to those other countries.”

“We are going to lower taxes on American business, so it’s cheaper and easier to produce product and beautiful things like airplanes right here in America,” the president said.

“We want products made by our workers in our factories, stamped by those four magnificent words: Made in the U.S.A.,” he said.

Trump touted the progress he’s already made on this front.

“Since November, jobs have already begun to surge. We’ve seen companies open up factories in America. We’ve seen them keep jobs at home. Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, just to name a very, very few,” he said.

Companies are “keeping and bringing thousands of jobs back in our country, because the business climate they know has already changed,” Trump said. “In Arizona, Intel announced it will open a new plant that will create 10,000 American jobs. They’re spending billions of dollars.”

“We will see more and more of that across the country as we 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,” he said.

The president said when there is a level playing field, American workers always win.

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