Donald Trump took to the podium at a Boeing factory in South Carolina
The US President talked about “bringing jobs back home to the US” and making things with “American hands” at the plant in Charleston.
But he appeared to backpeddle on his attitude towards Boeing after having a public spat with the airline last month over the cost of a replacement for Air Force One.
He had bartered Boeing down to reduce the cost of the Air Force One replacement program.
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg complied with his wishes after a meeting with the then President-elect.
During his speeh at Boeing today, all eyes were on the new American leader’s temperament after his fiery first official press conference as president in Washington yesterday when he verbally bashed the media.
Sticking to a carefully written script and reading from a teleprompter, Mr Trump said: “We’re here to celebrate American engineering and manufacturing. And to celebrate jobs. This plane was built right here."
Mr Trump addressed the crowd as though he was in campaign mode to roars of approval.
Mr Trump touted the benefits of Boeing’s latest offering – the Dreamliner.
“We must rely less on overseas production…We have the greatest people in the world. We have jobs…all of a sudden they're coming back. People are going to be very, very happy.
“I’m going to unleash the power of the American spirit and put our people back to work.
“Buy American and hire American," he added.
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Mr Trump patted himself on the back for “creating more jobs”
He then ran through a history of the Boeing company saying their massive achievements was a testament to the "American spirit."
Then he touted the benefits of Boeing’s latest offering – the Dreamliner.
He said that America was about dreams but over the last couple of years it had not been the case. But he was going to change that.
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He also talked about “rebuilding the military” and the armed forces and pointed out that South Carolina had a long and proud military history. He then said he supported those who wear the uniform.
As Mr Trump stayed on message, he said Air Force One was 30 yeas old.
“What can look so beautiful at 30 years old?” he said looking back.
He then went back to his carefully worded script and said: “My focus is all about jobs. I will not disappoint you. Believe me. I campaigned on a promise that I would bring jobs back to America.”
“I don’t want companies leaving our country…”
Then he claimed American jobs were “roaring back” since he was in power.
He claimed that since November jobs had begun to surge at car companies like Fiat Chrysler and Ford.
He then went on to say that he wanted goods and products to be stamped with three words – “made in the USA.”
Mr Trump patted himself on the back for “creating more jobs” and said that this was due to the business climate changing.
The US president then used the fact that IBM was opening plant in Arizona as evidence of that.
Mr Trump laid out plans to cut taxes for the middle class and for businesses.
But he said that America had not had a level playing field to do business on — but he planned to change that.
He said that America was going to “win again. And no one would be allowed to take advantage of it.”
He ended his speech by saying: “God Bless America and God bless Boeing” to a raucous roar of approval from the crowd.
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