Trump: ‘My Administration Will Follow 2 Simple Rules: Buy American and Hire American’

By Melanie Arter | December 9, 2016 | 12:27pm EST
President-elect Donald Trump (AP Photo)

( – During his victory rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump detailed his economic plan, which includes incentivizing businesses to stay in the U.S.  and hire Americans.

“My administration will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American,” Trump said. “Remember years ago, we used to proudly display ‘Made in the USA.’ You’d go get a car, right? And you’d have it say, Made in the USA. We don’t see it. Have you seen it? I don’t see it anymore. We ought to start doing that.”

Trump said his team is “talking to a lot of companies that are thinking about leaving, and I’ll tell ya, I don’t think they’re going to be leaving so fast anymore.”

“We love our companies, and we love it when they’re employing thousands of different people, but we don’t love our companies when they leave and go to another country and think they can make their product and sell it back into our country like we’re a bunch of fools, like they’ve been getting away with for the last 35 years. Not gonna to do it,” Trump said.

Trump promised that there will be “consequences” for countries that leave the U.S.

“When they want to leave, I wish them well. I always say, ‘Enjoy your new plant, enjoy the very hot weather, but if you think you’re going to be coming through what will soon become a very, very strong border, no, not going to happen so easy,’” he said. “We’re not going to be the stupid people anymore, folks.

“We’re not going to be the stupid people, because from now on, it’s going to be America first,” Trump added.

“The American worker built this country, and now it’s time for American workers to have a government that for the first time in decades answers to them. We’re going to answer to them,” he said.

Trump promised to create “millions of really good paying jobs” and “to undertake one of the great tax reforms and simplifications in American history.”

Trump said the U.S. tax code must be simplified, because it’s “too much work” and “too complicated.”

“At the center of this plan is massive tax relief for the American middle class,” he said, adding that he plans to lower the business tax rate.

“We’re also going to lower our business tax rate from 35 percent all the way down to 15 percent,” Trump said, adding that he would “prime the pump” to create jobs.

Trump said there are 96 million people out there who want to work but gave up looking for jobs.

“They’re gonna have their choice of jobs now. You watch,” he said.

Trump also promised to “eliminate every single wasteful regulation that hurts our farms, our workers, and our small business.”

He also pledged to end the Environmental Protection Agency’s “intrusion.”

“We’re going to protect the family farm, and we are going to end the EPA intrusion into your lives,” Trump said.

“On energy, we will cancel the job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy, and that means lower energy prices for farmers, households, and small businesses in Iowa and frankly all over the United States. We will also pursue an agenda of conservation, protecting our beautiful natural resources for future Americans – your family, your children, and lots of other people – and we’re going to ensure clean air and clean water for all of our people,” he said.

“Regulations by the way will be cut down to a fraction of what they are now, and believe it or not, environmentally, you’ll be protected better and will have jobs, okay? We’ll have jobs,” Trump added.

“On infrastructure, I am going to ask Congress to pass legislation that produces $1 trillion of new investment in America’s crumbling infrastructure - and it is indeed crumbling. That includes major new projects for both our rural communities and our inner cities, which have also been forgotten, and we will put our people – not people from other lands – our people back to work in the process,” Trump said.

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