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AMVETS Post 44, Struthers, Ohio

6:28 P.M. EDT, July 25, 2017

THE PRESIDENT: Look at all those cameras back there. Isn’t that nice? (Laughter.) We love Ohio. Boy, do we love Ohio. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Ohio loves you!

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. And I’m going to be speaking about you in a couple of minutes. You are something. You are brave and strong, and we’re going to be talking about you. And that’s why we’re here, to talk about you. So thank you very much.

And thank you, Secretary Shulkin, for the introduction — a special guy. And he’s doing a tremendous job in leadership of the VA. He’s working every day to keep our promise to take care of our great veterans.

Now, I went all over Ohio, but I went all over almost every state, and the veterans were a very, very big topic for me. You know that. And I think what we’re doing, it’s never been done before. We just had a bill — the VA Accountability bill. They’ve been trying to get it for many, many decades. They were unable to get it, and we got it. That means people are accountable. (Applause.) That means people are accountable for taking care of our vets. And if they don’t care proper care, we hold them accountable. So I think it’s just great.

So, Secretary, thank you very much. I appreciate it.

I also want to recognize two veterans here with us who now serve the American people as members of our Cabinet — Secretary Zinke and Secretary Perry. And we’re going to be a net exporter of energy very shortly. Where is our Perry? Come here. (Applause.)

And Secretary of the Interior controls about, what, 22 percent of the entire United States. So when somebody thinks they’re big landlords, they’re actually very small compared to him. (Laughter.)

SECRETARY ZINKE: He’s in real estate. He knows. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: It’s great to be back in Youngstown. It was an incredible time we had. And you know the numbers, and you saw for many, many years Democrats — and they’re really great — but Democrats, they win in Youngstown. But not this time. (Laughter and applause.) Right? They started to get a little nervous at the beginning of that evening when they see Youngstown seems to be going the other way. That hasn’t happened in a lot of decades.

And I hear we’re doing better in the polls, even right now, than we were even on election night, in so many different places — swing states, et cetera — because they see what we’re doing with jobs. The jobs are the best they’ve been in 17 years. The stock market hit another all-time high today. We’re doing trade deals. And, you know, we have statutory length problems where you have to wait statutorily before you do them. But everybody has been put on notice.

We’re renegotiating NAFTA. And if we don’t get the deal we want, we’ll terminate NAFTA. NAFTA has been a disaster for Youngstown. It’s been a disaster for Ohio. And people are coming back, if you look at Ohio. But if you look at Michigan and other places, the auto industry is starting to come back in a very, very big way. You see what’s happening with coal. Coal is coming — clean coal. We love clean coal. And it’s coming back.

I especially want to thank John and Jan Brown whose leadership in AMVETS has improved the lives of so many. Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, John. Thank you, Jan. And they were with us right from the beginning, first time I was here. First time. We really appreciate it, Jan. Thank you very much. Is he a good husband? Or just average? (Laughter.)

MRS. BROWN: (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: I know he is.

To all the veterans with us this evening, we’re here to honor you, to celebrate your service, and to thank you for your sacrifice. A grateful nation salutes you. And that’s from the bottom of the President’s heart — a truly grateful nation salutes you.

All week at the White House, we are celebrating American heroes. And nothing fills our hearts with more pride than to be with those who risked everything to protect our citizens and preserve our way of life.

This evening, we’re joined by veterans from every major engagement since World War II. You have crossed oceans, trekked deserts, scaled mountains, and cut your way through jungles to secure our nation and defend our people. And nobody — throughout history, nobody has done it better than you.

You gave all that you have for our country and for victory. We love victory, don’t we? (Applause.) We haven’t had enough victory, but we’re having it now. We’re seeing it. We’re having it now. You carried out your duty with honor, courage and devotion. And with your sacrifice, you earned our freedom.

In my administration, we will always protect those who protect us. Believe me, we will protect you because you have protected us.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Thank you, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, sir. Thank you very much. I tell you, thank you very much. That includes reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs — where David is doing such an incredible job — so we can serve you as faithfully as you served our nation.

Since my first day in office, we’ve taken one action after another to make sure that our veterans get the care they so richly deserve. We’ve begun to process a — seamlessly transferring veterans’ medical records. Horrible situation. You couldn’t get your medical records. And now it’s so easy and so good. And the system is fixed, finally, after all of these years. (Applause.)

We’ve published wait times at every VA facility. I used to go around and talk about the veterans and they’d stand on line for nine days, seven days, four days — that was a good one — fifteen days. People that could have been given a prescription and been better right away end up dying waiting on line. That’s not happening anymore.

And we have choice. If that happens, you’re going to go out to the doctor. We’re going to have choice, David. And it seems so obvious to me. Even before I really got into the nitty-gritty of the VA, it just seemed like — why would this great veteran, who protected us, stand on line for days and days and days and wait for a simple solution where it became a big problem because of those time delays.

And we are now doing choice. And you go out and you take care of it with a great doctor. Hopefully, you have a great doctor. If he’s not so good, you get another one, right? (Laughter.)

We’ve delivered same-day mental health services at every VA medical center. And so many of the veterans would come up to me during the campaign, and they really stressed how important the mental health aspect of what we’re doing is.

We have nearly doubled the number of veterans given approvals to see the doctor of their choice. So not only is it choice, but we’ve doubled up and now we’re going to be tripling up very shortly.

And, so importantly, I have signed new historic legislation to ensure that every single federal VA worker has to do what they have to do. They’re going to be held accountable. (Applause.)

The push-back on that bill was unbelievable. I said to myself, oh, that should be easy. And then I looked at 40 years of turmoil trying to get it through. And we won’t attack any particular group, but you understand why it was not easy to get through. Because some people didn’t want that. They wanted it to be that certain workers could do a horrible job. And most of the workers are great. And the doctors — a lot of the doctors in the VA are phenomenal talents — phenomenal. But now we’re going to be able to get to those doctors.

You’ve put America first every day of your lives, and now we have a VA that will truly put our veterans first — veterans. Your stories are America’s stories, and your names are the names of true American heroes.

I’d like to honor one such hero who is with us tonight: Robert M. Bishop. (Applause.) He looks good.

Nearly 76 years ago, Bob was a gunner aboard the USS Tennessee in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese bombs struck the turrets of that once-great ship.

During the attack, Bob was below the deck at his battle station for four excruciating hours of fire and hell. Five of his crewmembers never made it off the ship, giving their last breath in this courageous and incredible service to our country.

Bob stayed with his ship after the attack. And once it was repaired — which went, actually, much faster than it goes today, folks — you’ll have to explain that one, folks. (Laughter.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER: And it cost less.

THE PRESIDENT: It cost a lot less. (Laughter.) He served on the Tennessee for another four-and-a-half years, fighting in some of the greatest engagements in the Pacific Ocean.

After World War II, Bob and his wife Doris moved back to Ohio. Good choice, Bob. That is a good choice. I love this state. Remember at the beginning, they always said, there is no victory without Ohio. Right, Mr. Chairman? Boy, did we win Ohio. Right? Remember? (Applause.) And it wasn’t like it was close. That was a — that was a big one.


THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you very much. Where Bob served in the Navy Reserve and also worked in the steel industry for over 50 years. This year, Bob and Doris celebrated — now, you’re going to have to explain this to me — their 74th wedding anniversary. Wow. (Applause.) That is fantastic. That is so beautiful.

He’s been back to Pearl Harbor eight times to pay tribute to his comrades. And it is with his — really, this great wish of his and the great wish of so many people that know Bob, that he will attend the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor on the eve of his 101st birthday. And if your party gets — (applause) — and Bob, if your party gets a little bit cheap with the money, I’ll pay for it, okay? (Applause.) Right? Right?

So, Bob, the depth of your love for the country — you really inspire us all. Today, I’m truly honored to present you with a Certificate of Recognition for your heroic sacrifice, your lifetime of service, and your undying devotion to our great nation. Thank you, Bob.

Where is that beautiful certificate? Oh, nice frame. They never give me frames. They just give me the paper. I have to go out and get my own frame. It’s never great. Thank you, Bob. Thank you. Congratulations. (Applause.)

To every veteran here this evening, your courage is the strength of our nation, and your patriotism is the beating heart of our shared destiny. Your stories will inspire generations of Americans to fight and to win for our country and for our great, beautiful American flag that we all honor.

May God bless you. May God bless our veterans. And may God bless the United States of America. And thank you very much, it’s such an honor to be with you again. You are special people in a special state. Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.)

END 6:42 P.M. EDT

Trump’s visit to the Valley nothing more than a show

Youngstown Vindicator Editorial, Thursday, July 27th, 2017

What was the purpose of President Donald J. Trump’s visit to the Mahoning Valley on Tuesday evening? From the reaction of the 7,000 or so true believers to Trump’s hour-long speech at the Covelli Centre, the event was a political victory lap.

But for the rest of the residents of the Mahoning Valley who were hoping for an address of substance from the president, the visit was no different from the three campaign appearances in the area during last year’s presidential race.

Indeed, from the moment the visit was announced by the Trump/Pence campaign, it was clear the president was counting on a friendly crowd in the Valley as an antidote to what he has described as the poisonous political environment in Washington.

He wasn’t disappointed.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have wasted no time in switching from election to re-election mode. The political rallies such as the one at the Covelli Centre are designed to keep their supporters engaged and build grassroots support for their agenda.

However, the chants of “Make America Great Again,” “Build That Wall,” “USA, USA”, along with the loud boos when Trump mentioned Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president last year, and former President Barack Obama were nothing more than feel-good political drama.

For the Mahoning Valley, which is facing challenging times because of the troubling developments at the General Motors Lordstown assembly complex and the uncertainty surrounding the Air Force Reserve base in Vienna, Trump’s appearance was of little consequence.

The speech the president gave could have been delivered at any rally around the country. There was nothing specific about his visit to Youngstown, other than a brief mention of seeing the abandoned factories and Mrs. Trump asking her husband, “What happened?”

Resurrecting manufacturing

The president said he told his wife, “Those jobs [that] have left Ohio, they’re coming back … the factories are coming back.”

And Trump then said to the crowd, “Don’t sell your house.”

But he never said how he intends to reopen the closed factories.

Indeed, he made no mention of the fact that the third shift at GM’s Lordstown complex has been eliminated and that the number of employees is now down to about 3,000.

More than 1,000 auto-related jobs were lost as a result of the third-shift elimination.

The president also did not acknowledge the fact that demand for the Chevrolet Cruze has decreased, resulting in an oversupply. Production has been halted intermittently for several weeks because car buyers are switching to SUVs and trucks.

Thus, rather than make a promise that cannot be kept, namely reopening the factories that have been closed for decades, we believe Trump should focus on the here and now.

Indeed, we would invite him to return to the Mahoning Valley on Sept. 19 so he can join the region in commemorating the shutdown of the Youngstown Sheet & Tube’s Campbell Works and the subsequent end of major steel production in this once manufacturing center.

It has taken 40 years for some people in the Valley to finally admit that big steel isn’t coming back, which is why comments like those made by the president are counterproductive.

As we’ve pointed out previously, Vallourec Star is a shining example of the new manufacturing paradigm. The France-based company spent more than $1 billion on a state-of-the-art, high technology steel pipe-making complex. Vallourec Star serves the oil and gas industry.

It is noteworthy that the two plants are not as labor intensive as the steel mills of the bygone era. The number of workers at the complex has hovered around 500.

Rather than talking about resurrecting the old factories, Trump should assign a White House official to explore an expansion of the America Makes additive manufacturing initiative in downtown Youngstown.

While Trump’s campaign speech had the desired effect of re-energizing his base in this region, as president, he has a responsibility to tell the truth about the economic future of old industrial areas like the Mahoning Valley.

Brown is Leading Legislation to Apply Buy America to all Federal Infrastructure Projects

WARREN, OH – At Wheatland Tube, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) renewed his push to ensure American steel and iron are used to build American infrastructure. Brown has spoken directly to President Trump about Buy America, and urged the President repeatedly to make Buy America a top priority. Brown was joined by Tim Feeney of Wheatland Tube.

“It’s pretty simple: American tax dollars should go toward American-made products that support American jobs. Period,” said Brown. “That’s why I’ve worked with Senator Portman on legislation to apply Buy America rules to all taxpayer-funded infrastructure and public works projects. I’ve spoken with President Trump about Buy America and I know he agrees. That’s why I’ve asked him to work with me to turn our bill into the law of the land.”

Brown has introduced legislation, supported by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), that would apply Buy America rules to all federally-funded infrastructure projects. Brown is urging the President to take steps to implement his bill as part of the President’s executive order announced earlier this year.

In April, President Trump signed the Buy American, Hire American EO, which, in part, works to ensure that the entire steel making process must take place in America to be considered “Buy American.” Currently the President’s executive order only requires federal agencies to disclose which projects are complying with Buy America rules and which are not. Brown is asking the President to go a step further by implementing Brown’s bill to require Buy America for all projects.

Brown’s four-point plan for NAFTA renegotiation urges the Administration to protect Buy America provisions, and the infrastructure blueprint he announced in January includes Buy America.

Brown is also a cosponsor of the Made in America Water Infrastructure Act along with U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). President Donald Trump expressed support for the bill, which would ensure that American steel and iron are used in all projects funded by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

Brown led the fight last Congress to restore Buy America provisions to the water infrastructure bill that would have permanently changed the law to require the use of American-made iron and steel products in infrastructure projects. While Buy America rules apply to some federal infrastructure programs, many taxpayer-funded projects still lack rules requiring the use of American-made products. Brown’s proposed legislation would ensure Buy America rules apply to all federally-assisted projects.

Here’s A List Of Trump Merchandise That’s Made In America. It’s Very Short.

The height of hypocrisy.

By Jamie Feldman

Fashion & Lifestyle Editor, HuffPost

President Donald Trump’s “Made in America” week kicked off Monday, and quickly received heavy ― and negative ― media attention. And it’s only natural that the president and his family have been called to task for the production of their own merchandise, most of which is made overseas.

Trump has spoken openly about the fact that many of his goods are imported, but has offered no real plan to rectify that practice to fall in line with his “buy American, hire American” rhetoric.

And then of course, there’s Ivanka Trump’s merchandise. Hardly a day goes by when one of the overseas factories that make her products aren’t making headlines.

It’s difficult to navigate which, if any, products the family sells are actually made in America. But thanks to resources on the internet, we have some answers.

Here’s the Trump merch that IS made in America.

Those “Make America Great Again Hats” (Well, sort of.)

The Hillary Clinton campaign took aim at Trump’s trademark campaign slogan hats in August 2016, but it turns out the hats themselves were at least partially produced here in the states. The hats are hand-stitched in California, reports AP. But a fabric analysis and a conversation with two of the manufacturer’s employees and a top sales agent determined that “the hats’ fabric, bills and stiffeners were imported.”

Trump Water

Trump water, “one of the purest natural spring waters bottled in the world,” according to Trump’s website, is sourced in Vermont and New York.

Trump Bedding*

*The Washington Post reported Trump’s bedding comforters are made in the U.S., but the link cited is no longer active. The bedding used in Trump’s hotels is, according to the Downlite website, “filled and finished in the USA of imported materials,” while the shell is made in China. So these get half a point, we guess.

Here’s all the Trump merch that is NOT made in America.

The Washington Post released a complete list recently, including the following:

Ivanka Trump Apparel

Ivanka Trump deals so much with foreign factories to source her clothing, it was even reported that her brand imported 53 metric tons of Chinese goods during her father’s “Buy American Hire American” speech.

Ivanka Trump Shoes

Trump’s brand made headlines in June for acknowledging its work with a shoe factory in which two men were arrested while investigating her supply chain, but simply stated the brand had since distanced itself from said factory.

Donald Trump Ties

You do remember that David Letterman segment, in which Letterman not only asks Trump where his ties are made but then informs him they are made in China, don’t you?

Donald Trump Suits

Facebook user Mary Cummins shared an image of a Donald Trump suit back in 2015 with a label that reads “Made in Mexico.” Other suits are reportedly made in Indonesia, according to Buzzfeed.

Donald Trump Dress Shirts

See the David Letterman segment above ― the shirts in question were made in Bangladesh.

Donald Trump Chandeliers

The fact that Trump makes chandeliers in the first place, let alone chandeliers that cost more than $1,000, is not surprising. Neither is the fact that they are, at least in part, made in China, according to Amazon.

Trump Throw blanket

According to Amazon purchasers, the blanket, which is listed as “imported,” is made in China.

And then there’s this: A trademark application in India, reported by The Washington Post, which speaks volumes, is all-encompassing and daunting.

The trademark appears to show that the following (partially misspelled) Trump merch items were licensed to be manufactured in India in 2007:

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So if you’re in the market to buy some Trump products made in the good old U S of A, we’d say your best bet is to visit one of his hotels or golf courses and only order bottled water.

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