The President: Well,
thank you very much. And thank you, Gretchen. It’s great to be back
in the incredible Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Great place. And 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 really love Pennsylvania. I went to school in Pennsylvania
— Philadelphia. So, we love this state. And I love the unions
and I love the workers. And, you know, when I built
buildings in New York — (applause) — I built them exclusively
with unions. People don’t understand that.
I was exclusive. And, in the last really great
election, our election of 2016, you know, we did great
with the union workers. Great. But we didn’t do good
with the leadership. The leadership said, “Well,
we’ve always gone Democrat. Let’s keep going that way.” That didn’t work out too well
for some of them, I want to tell you. (applause) I’ll tell you.
And as Gretchen said, this would have never happened
without me and us. This would have never happened. So, I’m with you.
I’m with you. Remember that. And remember that Pennsylvania
— you know, Pennsylvania
has the best numbers they’ve ever had
in the history of the state. And that’s for
a very good reason. And you know
what that reason is. (Audience member waves.) Hello. Here I am. (applause) And I’m 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’re proud again.
We’re proud again. (applause) And no one in the world
does it better than you. Nobody.
Nobody does it better. There’s nobody in the world
that does it. And we’re unleashing
that power again like we’ve never seen before,
I will say. And we are doing well and we’re fighting against
a lot of countries that have taken advantage
of us for many, many years. But they’re not doing it
so much anymore. And in a little period of time, they won’t be doing it
at all anymore. They have taken advantage
of this country. (applause) Today, we celebrate the
revolution in American energy that’s helping make our economy
the envy of the world. This Shell petrochemical plant
in Beaver County, Pennsylvania
— I did very well here. We did very well.
How many points did we win by? Does anybody know?
I’ll tell you. Isn’t it, I think, 28 points? That’s a lot.
That’s against a Democrat — (laughter)
— or whatever. It’s 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. (applause) And when the wind stops blowing,
it doesn’t 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’s going on with that. And then, 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.” (laughter) “But the wind stopped blowing
and I can’t watch. There’s no electricity
in the house, darling.” No, we love natural gas and we love a lot
of other things, too. Each of you is taking part
in the largest investment in Pennsylvania history. It’s the largest investment
in the history of Pennsylvania, in the history of our country
— the money that’s being invested
in your state right now. With your help, we’re not only
unleashing American energy, we’re restoring the glory
of American manufacturing, and we are reclaiming
our noble heritage as a nation
of builders again. (applause) A nation of builders. I was a good builder.
I built good. I love building. In fact, I’m going to take
a tour of the site. They said, “Sir, we were going
to do it before the speech, but we’re waiting for it
to stop raining.” I said, “Don’t worry about
the rain. Do we have umbrellas? Don’t worry about the rain.
Umbrellas work very well, especially when they’re made
in America.” (laughs) (applause) So, I don’t care. But we’re 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.” Okay? (applause) And if they don’t, vote them
the hell out of office because they’re not
doing their job. It’s true. It’s true. (applause) Vote them out of office. When completed, this facility
will transform abundant natural gas
— and we have a lot of it — fracked
from Pennsylvania wells, which they never would have
allowed you to take if I weren’t President.
If my opponent won, this 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 have never
gotten the approvals to do what’s needed
to fuel these plants. That wouldn’t have been good. So, probably,
they wouldn’t have started. But if they would have started,
it would have stopped. But they put it into plastic
through a process known as “cracking.” That raw material will then
be shipped all over the country and all over the world to be
fashioned into more products stamped with that
very beautiful phrase: “Made in the USA.” Right?
“Made in the USA.” (applause) Beautiful. Audience: USA! USA! USA! The President: That is
a beautiful phrase. Getting this massive job
done right has required more than 1,500 pieces
of heavy equipment; one of the largest cranes
anywhere in the world — I look forward
to seeing it. I love cranes.
I loves 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 know,
you might become President but nothing changes.
I still love trucks, especially when I look at
the largest crane in the world. That’s very cool. Do you think
I’ll get to operate it? I don’t know. (applause) We’ll put the media on it, and I’ll give them
a little ride, right? (applause) And you have thousands of tons
of concrete, aluminum and steel, and nearly 6,000 of
the strongest, toughest, and most talented workers
anywhere on Earth. (applause) True. 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 — (applause) — cement finishers — (applause)
— electricians — (applause) — iron workers —
(applause) — laborers — (applause)
— millwrights — (applause) — operators — (applause) — plumbers — (applause)
— painters — (applause) — steamfitters;
I know them well. And a group that I’ve used more
than anybody that’s ever run
for office times 1,000, because in New York City they would drive those cement
trucks up to my building and those trucks
were always on time, and sometimes they were
lined up for six blocks when I was doing
different things. Even when I was doing
the Wollman Rink, the city couldn’t build it.
Took them nine years. They had no idea
what they were doing. And I had that whole big
— about 70,000 feet — it’s like
a massive office floor — bigger than an office floor.
We did it all in one day, and the trunks 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 little pieces. A little piece here.
A little piece there. A little piece here.
A little there. (laughter) A few years later: a little
piece here. Then 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. (laughter) So they’d have a little piece
with copper, and then the rest
of the pipe they’d lay. And they’d get ready to pour,
and they’d leave, and everybody would
steal the copper. So they — this took place for
— I guess, from seven to nine years. Nobody actually knows.
Nobody wants to talk about it. (laughter) But those trucks were operated
incredibly well, and I never missed a delivery.
And it’s called the “Teamsters.” (applause) I also want to thank I also
want to thank Bechtel, a real incredible company. We talk about the great
builders of the world: President Jack Futcher.
Where is he? Where is he? Jack. Where is Jack? (applause) Jack. What a great job
you’ve 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. (laughter) 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’re going to have
a lot of work to do, I think, Jack. A lot of work.
Thank you, Jack. Great job. (applause) Jack has done an incredible job.
That’s an incredible company. Incredible — they’re
incredible builders. And the Secretary-Treasurer
of North America’s Building Trades
Unions, Brent Booker. Where’s Brent?
Brent. Thank you. Great job. (applause) Young guy.
You’re so young, Brent. How the hell
did you get that job? (laughter) Man. We’re honored to be joined
by two leaders who truly have the backs
of American workers. They’ve become friends of mine.
They do such an incredible job. They break up the roadblocks. We have a lot of roadblocks
in this country, where you have — a little clause
can stop a project. A little clause
can stop it for years. And we break up
those little clauses. We break them up fast. Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
Where’s Rick? Rick? (applause) 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. (laughter) He was nasty. But then he said,
“I want to do something great.” And you have been incredible. He ran Texas
for like 14 years — (applause) — and he did it well. And now he’s running
a little thing called “Energy.” And nobody has ever
done it better. Thank you, Rick, very much.
Great job. And a man who has been
incredible in every way. You know, EPA — Environmental
Protection Agency. You’ve heard a lot
of horror stories where nothing can get done,
nothing gets passed. It takes years and years and
years to get a simple permit. It can take 20,
21 years to get a road, before they reject it.
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
— you’re a young person, you’re starting out, and you’re
all excited about this project. And it starts off as being
a simple, straight road, and then it ends up
being a total catastrophe because of nesting
and lots of other things that we can take care of. And it’s 20 years later,
and then they reject it. You’ve devote half of your
working life to a rejection. It happened to many people. And we have a man that knows
how to break it up but he’s also a great lover
of the environment: EPA Administrator
Andrew Wheeler. He’s done an incredible job.
Andrew? (applause) Great job, Andrew. Great.
Really great job. And I also want to recognize
some of my great friends that have helped me so much:
Congressman John Joyce. John? (applause) John. Where is John? John. John, usually
you’re in the front row. I can’t believe this. I guess you got shut out
by the unions. Look. (laughter) Thank you, John. Fantastic job.
John Joyce. Been a great friend — a
great friend of all of us. Speaker of the
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Michael Turzai. (applause) Michael Turzai. Thank you.
Michael, great job. Thank you. Good to see you, Michael.
Michael Turzai. Great name in this state,
I’ll tell you, for a long time. How long has it been, Michael? You’ve been there a long time.
How long? Speaker Turzai: (Inaudible.) The President: Okay. Good luck. (laughter) It’s not that long.
Thank you, Mike. And one of my good friends
from Beaver County, David Urban.
David. (applause) David. Where’s David? David? Thank you, David.
Great football player. Great athlete.
And he was a Trump supporter. He liked Trump.
And when he liked Trump, nobody was going
to get in his way. Right, David? Audience Member: We love Trump! The President: (laughs)
Thank you. Thank you. How are we doing
in the state, David? We looking good? Audience Member:
Four more years! The President: Thank you.
I appreciate it. (applause) Thank you. I think we’re looking very good. I think we’re looking
good all over: in Ohio, in North Carolina,
in South Carolina, Florida. We just got numbers
in Florida. We’re looking
fantastically good. Now, you know, sometimes
— and they do. They do.
They say, “Donald Trump&” Can you imagine
if I got a fair press? I mean, we’re leading
without it. Can you imagine if these people
treated me fairly? (applause) The election would be over. Have they ever called off
an election before? Just said, “Look, just
— let’s go. Go on.
Four more years.” Yeah. And then, you want
to really drive them crazy? Go to “#thirdterm”;
“#fourthterm.” You’ll drive them
totally crazy. (laughter) I mean, you have one guy
on television: “I’m telling you,
he’s not leaving. He’s going to win
and then he’s 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. (laughter) And we’re grateful especially to the Chairman
of Royal Dutch Shell. That’s big stuff, folks.
You know, I’m a business guy. When I hear “Royal Dutch Shell”
— you know, until I became President,
that was like a big deal, but now I don’t view it
the same. (laughter) Once you’re President,
nothing seems big. Right? Chad Holliday. Where’s Chad?
(applause) Chad understands it.
That’s a big deal, Chad. But thank you for coming.
That’s a big deal. You don’t get any bigger.
That’s an incredible company. Shell’s U.S. President
— you just met her and you know her;
everybody knows her, and she’s got a lot
of other things in store. And she’s thanked me
for what we’ve done here. But I said, “Forget this.
We got a lot of jobs. Let’s do a couple of more fast. Do them fast.
We’ll get you fast approvals.” And you may get rejected,
you know, if it’s not going to be environmentally good,
environmentally sound; if something
is going to be wrong. But we’re not going to take
20 years to reject you, like they did
with the pipelines. It didn’t matter;
I approved them. But that’s okay.
So we have pipelines — (applause) — oh —
(applause) — we got plenty of pipeline
folks here, don’t we? Huh? (applause) I’ll tell you. Hey, you know,
that’s a bigger hand than we got from the Teamsters.
Do you believe that? No, but, you know, they did that
with the pipelines, right? Keystone XL.
They did it with the pipelines. Dakota Access Pipeline.
We’re building pipelines. And if we get the pipelines
approved, then you better work. The EPA is working right now
to get them approved in Texas. And if we can do — we can
increase our — we can increase. We’re now the largest
in the world in energy, by far. But if we get those approved, Andrew — I hope
Andrew is listening — EPA. Andrew, you know
what I’m saying, right? If we get them approved
in Texas fast — they said
it will take 18 years. I said, “Could you do it in
about a month?” (applause) Right? If we get, though — oh,
look at those pipeline guys. They’re so happy.
That’s a lot of jobs. But, Andrew,
if we get them approved fast, we can increase
our entire output. Texas is so big. And it’s bigger — it turned out
to be much bigger. I also got you ANWR, in Alaska, which may be bigger
than everything. And they couldn’t get it.
Ronald Reagan couldn’t get it. No President could get it. And I got it approved,
and we’re all set. And so — (applause)
— so we’re all set. So, Andrew, in Texas, if you can
get those pipelines going, you will be so happy. We’ll have dinner
with your family. I’ll tell them
how great you were. (laughter) Okay? EPA. Thank you, Andrew. So I want to thank, though,
Gretchen. She’s been fantastic.
I also want to thank Vice President of Pennsylvania
Chemicals Hilary Mercer. I want to thank you very much for investing
in the people of Pennsylvania. (applause) Hilary? Where’s Hilary?
Thank you, Hilary. (applause) You’re investing in the people
of Pennsylvania, so that’s a guarantee,
as far as I’m concerned. For generations,
American greatness was forged, 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 — steel was dead. Your business was dead.
Okay? I don’t want to be overly crude.
Your business was dead. And I put a little thing called
“a 25 percent tariff” on all of the dumped steel
all over the country. And now your business
is thriving. Probably there’s few businesses
that have gone proportionately up
like steel and aluminum. We did it with aluminum, too. But they are doing well
— 25 percent and 10 percent 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) — I mean,
we need steel for defense. We need steel
— what are we going to do? We have a little bit
of a problem. We have a little bit
of a conflict. We’ll say, “Listen, China,
could you do us a favor? We need help.
All our steel mills are closed. Oh, damn it. Could you
send us some steel, please? We don’t make steel anymore.” Well, we make it now. And I’ll tell you what:
Those steel mills — U.S. Steel and all of them,
all of them — they’re expanding
all over the place. New mills.
New expansions. We hadn’t have — we didn’t have
a new mill built in 30 years, and now we have many
of them going up. Many car plants — they’re coming
in from Japan. I told Prime Minister Abe
— great guy. I said, “Listen, we have
a massive deficit with Japan.” They send thousands and
thousands — millions — of cars. We send them 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’re okay. You know, they do it
to make us feel good. But the deficit is massive,
which — changing rapidly. But what they’re doing is they’re buying
a lot of our stuff, including
our military equipment. They’re 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’re losing $78 billion. For many years,
we’re losing billions and billions
with these countries. And, frankly, the countries
that we do the worst with are the allies
— our allies. Does that make sense to you? Our allies take advantage of us
far greater than our enemies. And someday, I’m going to
explain that to a lot of people. Pennsylvania miners.
Do we love our miners? (applause) They lit 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 employment
has reached the lowest level that it’s seen since the 1960s, and we’ll soon be breaking
that record, I predict. (applause) And you’ve heard me say it,
but now it’s even better. Numbers just came out. African American unemployment
— lowest in history. (applause) Asian American,
Hispanic American — lowest in the history
of our country. Women — lowest in 70 years.
(applause) Sorry, women.
I let you down again. Think of it: Lowest in 70 years, and I have to apologize
to women. But soon we’re
going to have that — that will be
a record very soon. We’re very close to saying
“lowest in history” for women — unemployment. Today, we have more workers working in
the United States than — almost 160 million — than at any time
in the history of our country. Think of that.
That’s a hell of a stat. (applause) The political class
in Washington gutted your factories with horrendous
trade deals — horrible. NAFTA — one of the worst trade
deals ever. By the way, World Trade
Organization, it made China. China made themselves.
They did a good job. But they ripped off
our country for years, and with our money and World
Trade Organization backing. And then they took advantage
of the rules of the World Trade Organization. And I’m being nice
when I say “took advantage.” Much more than “took advantage.”
They went up like a rocket ship. They were flat-lined
for 100 years. And then, one day,
World Trade Organization — a terrible move. And, you know, we were losing
all our cases until I came along. We were losing all our cases
in the World Trade Organization. Almost every case, we were
— lost, lost, lost. They thought we were stupid.
They were the ones ruling. And then I came along.
Now we’re winning a lot of cases because they know that they’re
not on very solid ground. We will leave, if we have to. And all of the sudden,
we’re winning a lot of cases. We’re winning most of our cases. And it’s 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 giving us victories. They’re giving us victories.
(applause) And I’d like to use a different
word, but there’s no word
that’s quite as Audience Member: (Inaudible.) The President: Right? There’s no word that’s quite
as descriptive. I’d like to. But that’s 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. I mean, the concept should work.
But people have taken advantage. Like, for instance, they view certain countries
— like China, India, many countries
— for a long time, they viewed them
as “they’re growing.” Right?
They’re “growing nations.” We’re a “mature nation.”
They’re growing. These are “growing nations.” Well, they’ve grown. And they
had tremendous advantages. But we’re not letting
that happen anymore, okay? We’re not letting
that happen anymore. Everybody is growing but us. You know, they’re all
“growing nations.” We have to work with them, but nobody ever wants to work
with the United States. It’s a disgrace. But it’s changing,
and it’s changing fast. And I think it’s
the primary reason, probably, that I ran for President.
(applause) I’d see these factories
all over the country, and I’d see them empty, and I’d see the jobs
going to other countries. And I just never understood
why the politicians didn’t do anything about it.
But now we’re doing it. And, by the way, the USMCA — that’s Mexico and Canada
— that deal is a fantastic deal. And it’s 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’re 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, and they targeted American
energy for total destruction. You weren’t going to be able
to take anything out. That’s our gold.
That’s 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, silence 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 let me tell — this thing is costing me
a fortune, being President. Somebody said, “Oh, he might
have rented a room for — to a man from Saudi Arabia
for $500.” What about the $5 billion
that I’ll lose? You know, it’s probably
going to cost me — including upside, downside, lawyers — because every day,
they sue me for something. (laughter) These are the most
litigious people. It’s probably costing me
from 3 to 5 billion for the privilege of being
— and I couldn’t care less. I don’t care. You know, if you’re wealthy,
it doesn’t matter. I just want to do a great job.
That’s why — 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. Bechtel. (applause)
I’m not jealous of them. I got sued on a thing called
You ever hear the word? Nobody ever heard of it before.
They went back. Now, nobody looks at Obama
getting $60 million for a book. That’s okay.
Even though nobody in history ever got that money 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. And the judge was scolding
of the other side. And what it is,
is presidential harassment because this thing is costing me
a fortune, and I love it, okay? I love it because I’m making
the lives of other people much, much better. (applause) And 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. And now you look outside,
and you say, “That’s like the eighth wonder
of the world.” Under my administration,
we’re fighting back and we’re 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. (applause)
We won that case. The wall is being — and we’re
going to have a lot of it. We’re going to have anywhere
from 400 to 500 miles built by the end of next year. We’re building a lot of wall
and 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. (applause) The last administration tried
to shut down Pennsylvania coal
and Pennsylvania fracking. If they got in,
your fracking is gone, your coal is gone, you guys — I don’t know what the hell
you’re going to do. You don’t want to make widgets,
You don’t want to make — do you want to learn
how to make a computer? A little tiny piece of stuff
you put in with those big, beautiful hands of yours.
(laughter) They’re going to
take these big hands — he’s going to take
this little tiny part. (laughter) He’s going to go home,
“Alice, this is a tough job.” (laughter) 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. Audience: Booo
The President: She forgot: In three weeks,
she was going to West Virginia. Remember, she wanted
to close up all coal. She was in an area
where they didn’t do the coal. And she said, “Well, I look
forward to closing up all coal. It’s going to be closed. Steel — going to be
in big trouble.” She forgot: In three weeks,
she was going to West Virginia. That didn’t work out too well. (laughter)
I won that one by 42 points. Forty-two points. West Virginia.
(applause) And I actually think, this time, we have a good chance
of winning Virginia, which is a tough one to win
because, you know, you have some people there
that maybe don’t agree with us. But I think we have a really
good chance of Virginia, too, which is something
that hasn’t been won by a Republican in a long time.
But it’s common sense. Some — a lot of this is
— you know, they say, politics — politics — great
politics is common sense. But on my first day in office, I ended the war
on American energy. And that’s common sense,
I think. You know, that’s common sense.
(applause) We’re lucky. You go to places like China,
they don’t have oil and gas. They don’t have it under their
— they have to go buy it and then they devalue
their currency and manipulate their currency. And that costs them a fortune
to go out and buy it. They hurt themselves
in the long run. But they’re devaluing all
over the place, as others are. But we have this unbelievable
— the greatest in the world. We have the greatest resources, which really came about over
the last few years. Nobody knew this.
Fracking made it possible. Other new technologies
made it possible. And now we’re the number-one
— think of it, as I said — the number-one
energy producer in the world. I’m so proud of that because we
wouldn’t have been 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 and spin
that differently, but I’m right, okay?
The fake news. (applause) That’s a lot of people
back there for a — like an 11 o’clock speech. That’s a lot of people.
(laughter) That’s a lot. That’s like the Academy Awards
during the day. (laughter) It used to be. You know, the Academy Awards
is on hard times now. You know that.
Nobody wants to watch it. You know, why? Because they
started taking us on. Everyone got tired of it.
It’s amazing. That used to be second
after the Super Bowl, and then, all of a sudden,
now it’s 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 – -(applause) — and the people
that won the Senate, without me on the ticket,
in 2018. You know, they never say that.
We won the Senate. That’s why we’ll have appointed,
within two months, 179 federal judges
and two Supreme Court judges. Think of that: 179.
(applause) But they don’t say
we won the Senate; they say we lost the House. And, you know, there were a lot
of people running for the House; it’s hard for me to campaign. But almost everybody
I campaigned for won. We had tremendous records
in ’18 and I wasn’t running. There’s a big difference. In 2020, we’re running,
so you better get out there and make sure we win. (applause) And we have a record
that nobody’s ever had. Remember, when I was running,
I was saying, “We’re going to do this.
We’re going to create jobs.” Everyone — you know, big yawn. And, you know, we like
— “Let’s give him a shot. What do we have to lose, right?” I said that with
African Americans. They had the worst crime rates,
the worst education, the worst everything. They had like 10 things
— I’m reading it off a list. I looked — I said, “What
the hell do you have to lose?” But I really sort of said
the same thing to everybody because our country wasn’t doing
well with Biden and Obama. It wasn’t doing well. And they were pouring money in
— pouring, pouring money in. And it wasn’t doing well. Even now, you know,
you see the interest rates. I’m paying a normalized
interest rate. We should be
paying less, frankly. This guy has made a big mistake. He’s made a big mistake
— the head of the Fed. That was another beauty
that I chose. But even with that, we’re paying
a normalized interest rate. The nice thing is you get
some interest from the bank. With President Obama,
he was paying nothing. It’s easy to make money
when you you’re paying nothing; you’re paying zero.
Easy. But even with that, our economy
is roaring and his wasn’t. It was the weakest economy
since the Great Depression. The weakest up. 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’ve done is incredible:
the tax cuts, the regulation cuts,
all of the things we’ve done.” And they were all saying — and
they want to try and copy us. It’s not easy to copy us. And 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. (applause)
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. The whole re-
— 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. I mean, you got the boss
from Shell. You people don’t 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
— 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’s a 10-billion-dollar plant. There’s more pipes in that plant
that I’ve ever seen in my life. There’s more plant
— you know that. LNG. It’s an LNG plant.
Ten billion dollars. And we’re now
— it’s 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 haven’t had a plant
like that built in this country, really, ever, because there’s
never been anything that big. But you didn’t build
plants like that because, environmentally,
they weren’t 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. And I think the hundred
-thousand-doll- — 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 the planet: American energy. And we don’t want people
taking that away from us. Two more companies have recently
proposed a 10-billion-dollar investment
in the great state of Ohio. Incredible state.
(applause) We have tens of billions of
dollars’ worth of investments, and 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, [New] Mexico, Colorado,
Texas, 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 didn’t make cars. Look, 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 don’t think. And I want to thank Mexico because the President now
has been great, and 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 —
(applause) — 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. 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 don’t 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 wouldn’t have done that
for any other President, that I can tell you.
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. His father and — by the way,
three years ago, you wouldn’t 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.” You remember?
“Not going to happen.” 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)
Come on up. Jason. I’d like Jason to tell us what
this great facility means to him and to his family.
Thank you. Jason, come tell us what
this facility means to you. Mr. Eckhart: Thank you,
Mr. President. (applause) 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 redevelop this site, and create the jobs
in Western Pennsylvania for all of you.
(applause) And 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) The President: 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) Ms. Michaux: Thank you,
Mr. President. The President: Thank you. Ms. Michaux: 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 that’s the opportunity that
I see the thousands of you folks taking advantage of now
— not only today, but we’re 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. The President: Thank you
very much. (applause)
Great job. Thank you. She’ll be running
for office soon. (laughter)
Fantastic job. Samantha Polizotto was
a single mom working full-time when she learned 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 Dean’s List.
That’s pretty good. Now she’s 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) Ms. Polizotto: 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) The President::
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 America’s 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. She’s done a great job. Twelve million people, so far,
have been positively affected. Today, I’m pleased to announce that Shell is signing the Pledge
to America’s Workers to provide enhanced
career opportunities. By the way, Shell,
thank you. (applause) They’re providing
career opportunities to 3,300 workers
over five years, right here
in Western Pennsylvania. That’s great.
Thank you, fellas. Thank you very much.
And thank you, Hilary, for that tremendous
commitment that you’ve made. We really appreciate it.
Fantastic job. Under this administration, we live by two
very simple words: Buy American.
That’s what we want. I’m going to add something:
“Hire American.” It’s about hiring American,
buying American. It’s about “America First.” It’s about “Make America
Great Again.” It’s about
“Keep America Great.” (applause) Despite all of this
exceptional progress, however, some politicians
in this country still want to keep
America’s 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. Audience: Booo The President: Where it puts
everybody in this room out of work — hate to tell you
— and a lot more people. Everybody out of work. And other — but I don’t want
to speak badly about it. You know,
you’ve heard me say this: I want to encourage them.
That should be their platform. (laughter)
I don’t want to do it too early. I did it very early,
with Pocahontas; I should have
probably waited. She’s staging a comeback
on Sleepy Joe. (laughter)
I don’t know who’s going to win, but we’ll have to hit
Pocahontas very hard again if she does win. But she’s staging
a little bit of a comeback. What a group: Pocahontas
and Sleepy Joe. (laughter) I don’t think
they give a damn about Western Pennsylvania,
do you? Audience: No! The President: I
don’t think so. And other radical plans
to wipe out our coal. That’s 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 you’re doing. You need this.
It’s got the power. The other doesn’t have
the power; certainly not yet. Probably never will. And we’re not taking chances. And we have the cleanest air
and water we’ve ever had
in our country right now. The cleanest we’ve ever had. And we’re going to
keep it that way. (applause) But we’re never going to allow
other countries and outside sources
to take away our great wealth, because that’s
what they want to do. They want to take away
our wealth, take away our jobs. We’re not going
to let it happen. To see the destructive results of the far-left’s
energy nightmare, just compare the enormous
success here in Pennsylvania with the tremendous folly
happening right across a line — a
little line — ina 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 won’t allow us
to build a pipeline across because New York
is sort of a long state and we can’t have
pipelines going across, helping a region that’s not
a wealthy region at all. They have a lot
of economic problems. 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 can’t get energy
because New York doesn’t allow the pipelines
to go through. And that’s 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;
that’s where I’m from. Probably, most of you
don’t know that. (laughter)
That’s where I’m from. They’re 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 can’t get pipelines
through New York. New York won’t let us.
They won’t let us. All New York likes to do
is sue me. They like to sue me.
(laughter) They’re always suing. I said, “Which lawyer
is handling that case?” No, 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 they’ve 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? It’s the same.
It’s 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 I’m
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 that’s what’s fighting us. They don’t want us
to have great energy. They’ve 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. It’s a whole different country
right now. (applause) But they’re capturing boats
from other countries. They’re 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 don’t need it from
the Middle East anymore. (applause) And that’s why we’re pursuing
a future not only of energy independence
— but not just words. You know, you’ve been hearing
“energy independence” for years and years,
and you’d hear it. We have real independence. 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. It’s time.
(applause) And together, we’re defending
the oil and gas workers who light up our cities
and uplift our communities. We’re fighting
for the technicians and construction workers
here in Beaver County who are building a powerful
engine of American commerce. There’s no place like
what you’re seeing right outside these doors.
There is no place like it. We’re 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. That’s what’s going to happen.
That’s what you’re producing. And everyday patriots
who make this all possible, you are the backbone of America.
The absolute backbone. And you haven’t been
given the honor of having that said by other people. But you are the backbone
of this country. (applause)
It’s true. So true. You are the ones who work hard,
pay your taxes, build your neighborhoods,
obey our laws, safeguard our values,
raise up your children, make this land
the greatest nation ever to exist
on the face of the Earth. You are the ones who do it.
We work with a lot of people, but you are there
and you are doing it. You’ve always been
loyal to America, and now you finally have
a President of the United States who is loyal to you. (applause) Our vision is pro-worker,
pro-jobs, pro-family, pro-growth, pro-energy,
and 100 percent pro-American. (applause) And we’re taking care
of our military, and we’re taking care
of our vets. Veterans Choice: You’ve been
hearing it about for 45 years. I got it approved.
Veterans Choice. We’re taking care
of our veterans. We’re taking care
of our military like never, ever before. (applause) Because Americans
can do anything, go anywhere,
and 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,
wining, winning. And I used to tell you
the story about winning. I used to say that
your great leaders would come to Washington
and they would say, “President, we’re winning
too much. We can’t take it anymore. The people of Pennsylvania
cannot stand winning. We haven’t won
for years and years and now we’re winning too much.
Mr. President, please, for the good of the people
of Pennsylvania, stop winning. Stop creating all these jobs.
Stop creating all this product. Please, sir.
Please, stop winning.” And I said to them,
and I will say to them, “We’re never going
to stop winning because nobody has ever won like what’s happened
over the last couple of years. Nobody has ever won
like you’re winning.” I’ve more than
fulfilled my promises. Even they said,
“He promised things, and he actually produced
more than he promised.” That’s true. But we’re going
to produce more and more. I just want to thank everybody. With your help,
factory floors across this land are once more crackling
with life. (applause) Our steel mills are fired up
and blazing bright. The assembly lines are roaring.
Industry is booming. And 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. And 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. And it’s an honor for me
to be with you in Pennsylvania. Thank you very much.
God bless you. (applause) God bless you.