“My third promise is to build on these gains to turn America into the premier medical manufacturing, pharmacy, and drugstore of the world,” Trump said.
The coronavirus pandemic, Trump explained, proved that America could never count on other countries to deliver critical medicines, pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment during a pandemic.
“We cannot rely on China and other nations across the globe that could one day deny us products in a time of need,” he said. “We can’t do it.”
The president signed an executive order requiring federal agencies purchase their essential drugs and medical protective gear exclusively from the United States. As the federal government is one of the largest customers of medical goods, it would help boost American manufacturing.
“We’ll be making our product here, safely, beautifully, inexpensively,” Trump said. “We’re reasserting American economic independence.”
Move Millions of Manufacturing Jobs Back to America
“My fourth promise to American workers: Beyond our medical supply chains over the next four years, we will onshore millions of new manufacturing jobs, across many other critical sectors that are vital to our national security and prosperity,” he said.
Trump said that the United States would still need to manufacture items like electronics, machines, tools, air and space parts, vehicles, and iron and steel in order to be secure. He also said he would continue enacting policies to drive up the development and manufacturing of important items.
Using Tariffs to Fight for Fair Trade
“My fifth promise to American workers is to bring back American jobs and factories using every tool at my disposal, including tariffs,” Trump said.
To illustrate his point, Trump announced that he had signed a ten percent aluminum tariff on Canada.
“I love properly put on tariffs, because they bring unfair competitors from foreign countries to do whatever you want them to do,” Trump said.
He also previewed a future announcement that would “have a tremendous impact” on trade.
“To be a strong nation, America must be a manufacturing nation and not be led by a bunch of fools,” he said. “That means protecting our national industrial base.”
Put Workers First
“My sixth and final promise today is to forever uphold the commitment I made from the beginning,” he said. “I will always put American workers first, always.”
Wrapping up his speech, President Trump said he would work for all workers, unionized or not, and said he would continue fighting China for fairer trade.
He reminded the audience that former Vice President Joe Biden repeatedly let them down in the administration led by former President Barack Obama.
“The Obama and Biden administration were a joke, and they were happy to let China win, your jobs disappear, and your factory to close,” he said.