President Donald Trump visited Philadelphia on Tuesday to speak during the National Electrical Contractors Association Convention.
Trump took a moment during the convention to speak on a possible new trade deal with the United States, Mexico, and Canada – which he called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (UMCA).
Trump spoke of the new trade deal that was announced yesterday. He called it good for all involved and a great alternative to NAFTA, which he remarked as one of the worst trade deals which had drained the country of jobs and companies. Trump said that many poor deals had been made and need to be fixed to restore American integrity.
Trump said the new UMCA will protect American workers, and substantially increase exports of American agriculture while also revitalizing the American auto industry – taking away incentives for companies to fire employees and replace their company headquarters overseas.
“We are finally rebuilding our country, and we are doing it with American aluminum, American steel, and with our great electrical contractors. We’re committed to strengthening our infrastructure.”
Trump also focused his speech on his administration policies that he told the crowd have lowered unemployment, lifted Americans off of food stamps, and boosted the economy.
Trump told those present at the convention that his administration has helped add 50,000 new jobs in the electrical contracting field and that America’s economic revival taking place would not be present without those in the room.
“This is really an incredible time for our nation, we are respected again. We are respected again like we haven’t been respected in many many decades,” remarked Trump. “We have the best economy in our history. I’ve built so much, I’ve done so much business with you. I’ve watched the things you’ve done and its incredible. We are truly grateful.”
During his speech, Trump mentioned his support for Republican senate candidate Lou Barletta. He did not mention the First Congressional District race.
Before he began the speech, Trump joked about putting on National Electrical Contractors’ Association hardhat.
“Am I having a good hair day?” he jokingly asked.
Outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center, thousands of people protesting the president and his administration’s policies rallied.
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Following Trump’s speech, Air Force One jetted off from Philadelphia International Airport and headed to Southaven, Mississippi, for a rally.