LIVE: President Trump Delivers Remarks at Fincantieri Marinette Marine | NTD

published on July 2, 2020

with you on this incredible summer day

in Wisconsin on the edge of the

beautiful Lake Michigan that is

beautiful too I know it well with the

legendary workers of Marinette Marine

and you now have a lot of contracts

because of the United States go who you

gonna be you're gonna be so busy you're

gonna be so busy I know you went through

a little bit of a hard time not anymore

not anymore

but you covered for years for more than

75 years the workers of this shipyard

have built some 1500 of the finest and

most fearsome vessels ever to sail

you've kept our sailors safe and our

Navy strong every single day you prove

that American workers are the best in

the world and now you're going to do

things like you've never done before

moments ago I walked the length of the

majestic freedom Class Combat Ship that

many of you have been pouring your

hearts and souls out for over a year

soon that ship will be commissioned into

the most powerful fleet in human history

we're building up the Navy we'll have

350 ships it was actually down to a

level which was World War one that's a

long time ago isn't it World War one

we're building it up very rapidly it's

the United States Navy you'll be bigger

and stronger than it ever was before

everywhere it goes our allies and

enemies alike will know the strength and

pride that symbolizes that name USS and

there it is

Marinette proud of it that's great I

[Applause]

want to thank the leadership team of

Finn Ken Terry Marinette Marine for

welcoming us to this incredible place

it's truly an incredible place and now

the world is watching because you're

here not because I'm here because you're

here but the world is watching you

including I want to thank Jen Allman

Dario deste and Admiral Vice Admiral

Rick hunt thank you very much thank you

very much

great job thank you thanks also to

Lockheed Martin executive

president Stephanie Hill Thank You

Stephanie great job we're pleased to be

joined as well by Commerce Secretary

Wilbur Ross a legend on Wall Street and

he's putting his magic to work our

economy is coming back a level that

nobody ever imagined possible we're

doing great we're doing good and

remember as I say all the time because

we want to say this in front of the

media here they are look at all those

people the fake news we have the

greatest we have the greatest testing

program in the world we've developed it

over a period of time and we're up to

almost 30 million tests that means we're

gonna have more cases if we didn't want

to test or if we didn't test we wouldn't

have cases but we have cases because we

test deaths are down we have one of the

lowest mortality rates we've done an

incredible historic job and I want the

people working on it and not me but I

want all of those people on the task

force that have done such a great job on

the testing on the ventilators we're now

making thousands of ventilators a week

when we started we weren't making

ventilators we didn't have them and

other people didn't have it we had very

few now we're helping other countries

with the ventilator probably a little

bit like chips they're complicated to

make they're big they're expensive and

we're making now thousands a week and

we're helping many other countries they

call and they need help because this

horrible virus has hit 188 countries if

you can believe it it came from China

and it hit 188 countries not good not

good

I want to thank Wisconsin state

representatives John Nygren and Mary

felts Kowski mayor thank you very much

John thank you very much

thank you both and Marinette Mayor Steve

Jenna SOT thank you Steve wherever you

may be

thank you very much thank you we're here

today to celebrate the resounding

victory for all of you for Wisconsin for

the United States military and for an

entire nation nation is very proud of

Wisconsin

not long ago the future of this historic

shipyard was looking can I use the word

bleak yes I think we can it was looking

bleak you were down to 44 people that

was getting ready to close up then a lot

of good things came along despite your

extraordinary service to our country

over the generations this beloved

facility the mainstay of your community

by far you were going to two levels of

poverty they actually had levels of

poverty that nobody would have believed

with all the talent because I see that I

understand manufacture remember

manufacturing was never going to come

back well it did come back and it came

back big but I understand I have an

attitude for manufacturing and I said

it's going to come back and it will them

back and we're doing great and we'll do

now even better we're gonna have a

better year next year I think that

almost any year in our history and we we

were going through the single greatest

year that we've ever had from an

employment standpoint from a stock

market standpoint and you 401ks right

now people have 401ks they're very happy

with president right now because they're

almost at the level that they were when

when the virus came over but this is a

mainstay of your community and it was

facing proposed and the prospect of a

final layoff and a total downsize

production downsize to almost nothing

but this past April Mara Nets fortunes

turned around and they turned around

quickly as part of my administration's

colossal rebuilding of the United States

military we've totally rebuilt the

military two and a half trillion dollars

and some people would say well that's at

the budget I said let me tell you

something there is no budget when it

comes to our military because we don't

have we don't want the wrong people

running up the front lawn of the White

House right if they were I don't want to

say well maybe I did a lousy job with

the military but it did a great job in

the budget no thank you no thank you no

we have an incredible and you know

what's the greatest part about it the

greatest missiles in the world greatest

rockets you saw the other day one of the

rockets go off so successfully

the greatest ships the greatest ships

these are the greatest of their kind

anywhere in the world the fastest the

most powerful the greatest of everything

and you know the beautiful thing about

it it's all made in the USA it's made by

you and your counterparts it's made in

the USA the army tanks from Ohio as part

of my administration's rebuilding of the

United States military you were awarded

a contract to build the next generation

of guided missile frigate for the United

States Navy the F F G X FX is that good

F X so you got the F F G X yeah that's

right that's pretty good what does that

stand for please would you please tell

me let everybody know F F G X I think

nobody knows but that's okay it sounds

good to me

but it's going to be built right here in

the American heartland then it's going

to be built by you and it's going to go

on for a long time because it's up 20

ships it might be extended and working

on an extension right now and we'll see

but just go you're going to be building

your hearts away so good luck on the on

the program the massive deal is worth up

to five point five billion dollars will

put the shipyard to work constructing

some of the fastest most advanced and

most enumerable combat ships anywhere in

the ocean I hear the maneuver ility is

one of the big factors that you were

chosen for the contract the other is

your location it was concerned if you

want another trip this contract will

support your 1500 full-time employees

and it will also enable you to hire

another 1,000 people all across the

shipyards in Wisconsin it's one of the

biggest contracts you've ever seen in

the state an estimated 15,000 additional

new jobs will be created through the

Wisconsin supply chain you notice that's

not a supply chain going for China and

going through other countries it's

called the Wisconsin isn't

the Wisconsin supply chain that's been

bugging me for about 25 years I think

that's why I became president you want

to know that but we've done with your

great deal of the us MCA and Canada no

longer takes advantage of us like they

did people don't realize Oh Canada

beautiful national anthem right Oh

Canada but they were brutal on trade and

now they have to treat us fairly US MCA

we got rid of the worst trade deal ever

made in the history of mankind humankind

you know I think that like me to say

nowadays humankind right human can't see

the ladies I think they like it the

other way just as much humankind but I

just want to say that we have an

incredible deal it's gonna lead to a lot

of a lot of very positive things but the

west of Wisconsin supply chain 9,000

more jobs are going to be generated

because of the chain itself and it's a

truly phenomenal achievement and I

congratulate you all it's going to be an

incredible thing it's all gonna be made

right here in Wisconsin under this

administration you though that American

workers like you are a national treasure

you are indeed victory at sea you know

victory at sea that's what you lead us

to your patriotism cannot be outsourced

you're eight decades of industrial

heritage cannot be replicated anywhere

in the world that's why we're protecting

our defense and our defensive industrial

base which we're building up stronger

and stronger and stronger and we have

other places all over the country just

like this well let's say this is better

okay but that's okay just don't tell

anybody I said it but we have places

great places incredible people

tremendously tremendously successful

people people with tremendous talent and

we're doing other things in other

locations like the missiles like the

Rockets like the tanks like all of the

things that we're building it's

incredible when you see it it's

incredible people don't realize the

talent that we have but we started

getting away from it we started not

building in the Navy

built enough ships the ships that they

were building they look terrible I've

changed designs I looked at it I said

that's a terrible looking ship let's

make it beautiful

it'll cost you the same and maybe less

you know sometimes you can make it look

great for less money I said this is not

a good looking ship let's change the

design of it and I got people in and we

looked at different designs and as long

as we're gonna do it and look at what

you're doing how beautiful it is they

gave me a beautiful model that's

absolutely it's it's like a yacht with

missiles on it okay it's like beautiful

but you know it's true you can build

beautifully and it costs you sometimes

less money sometimes less money so

that's why we're protecting our

defensive industrial base and restoring

this fundamental principle and that's

economic security is national security

that's what it is because you know what

you were going through in this area of

Wisconsin just a short period of time

ago and it wasn't right and it wasn't

fair as long as I'm your president

America will never lose that ship

building talent or capability it won't

lose that excellence or the expertise of

the men and the women of Marinette

Marine will never lose that never lose

it and will always live by the simple

rules by American and hire American by

American

the first in class

FF GX will not just get a win for

Wisconsin workers it will also be a

major victory for our Navy and our Navy

is just incredible what we're doing with

our Navy the stunning ships will deliver

the overwhelming force lethality and our

we need to engage America's enemies

anywhere in at any time and with that we

don't want to engage but you know how

you don't have to engage when you build

a product like you're building right

there when you build robotic like that

you don't have to when you don't build

product like that and we go bare you

know we rebuilt our military our

military was totally depleted when I

became your president we had planes that

were 50 years old we had a military that

was tired it was very tired from years

of fighting endless wars Wars it never

stopped then you see what's happening in

that front we have the strongest

military in the world by far and before

we had an old we had a very tired

military what we had were great people

in the military but they weren't given

the right equipment so now they are two

and a half trillion dollars each frigate

will boast a thirty two cell vertical

missile launcher to take American

justice to any foe if necessary on air

land or sea you know about it very well

you live with it

the ship will feel the most advanced air

research and air search radar capability

in naval history there's never been

anything so advanced as what you're

building amazing

the ship is 30 times more powerful than

the previous generation that was one

that got me 30 times think of that 30

times more powerful than the previous

generation and it will carry an mh-60

Seahawk helicopter and an unmanned MQ HC

fighters out drone through your sweat

skill and devotion the workers of this

shipyard will forge the future of the

United States Navy you're going to be a

very big part of the United States Navy

and there are other things coming as you

get set up with this this is a lot to

handle but as you gets up they're going

to be spending a lot money on the

renovation of the yard and the expansion

of the earth we have other things coming

and you'll fashion the ultimate symbol

of American power and American prestige

wherever the FF GX cuts across the

horizon it will go as a 7,500 ton

message to the world that American might

is second to none right I'd like to take

a moment to recognize just a few of the

hard-working Patriots who are helping to

bring these monumental ships to life and

that's what they are

Gary ioud is the third generation of his

family to serve at this shipyard

he has worked here for 17 years and is

now our production manager Gary please

come up and say a few words Gary thank

you

Thank You mr president

it is honor to meet you my name is Gary

I I'm a production manager here at

Fincantieri Marinette Marine I worked in

building 10 the one you just toured the

erection facility I have been fortunate

enough to be employed here for over 17

years I started in the trades and

through hard work and dedication I

transitioned into management these

employees in front of you are here to

build the best ships possible the sense

of pride felt when a ship get launched

or goes out on trials is like nothing

else

these men and women breathe life into

steel

through hard work long hours and

dedications these individuals give the

American warfighter the ship he or she

needs and deserves mr president

Wisconsin thanks you the city of

Marinette thanks you and Fincantieri

Marinette Marine thing

he looks like he's 21 years old he said

he keeps worked here a long time Gary

whatever you're doing it's working you

look good

we're also joined by Tyler Cahill

Tyler served for nine years of the US

Navy then returned here to his hometown

to become a quality Technical

Coordinator Tyler also helps recruit

young talented people usually I guess

from Wisconsin I think probably I don't

know if he accepts anybody from anywhere

else you have to talk about that I think

but I want to just ask Tyler please come

up and say a few words Thank You Todd

[Applause]

good afternoon everyone my name is Tyler

Cahill I'm a native to the Marinette

area a former second class petty officer

in the United States Navy Seabees an

Afghanistan war vet a hockey coach an

equality coordinator here at Marinette

Marine when I first moved back to

Marinette and started here as a welder

in 2012 what an ever I'll imagine how

far my career and community would grow

the shipyard is a lifeline to the

community and a driving force behind its

economic growth in major part due to the

LCS program and the newly awarded

frigate contract I've seen young

families moved to the area friends open

new local businesses and a beautiful new

sports facility open to be utilized by

the local hockey kids that I get to

coach none of this would have been

possible without these contracts so once

again mr president I'd like to say

thank you and allowing us to continue

supporting our nation's Navy thank you

thank you

Thank You Todd looks like a tough hockey

player I wouldn't want to be checking

him right Tyler he's a pretty tough

looking guy the dedication of the men

and women here today will also help our

military accomplish one of my top

national security priorities rebuilding

a 355 ship Navy as I told you it went

way down very sad after years of painful

budget cuts we ended the last

administration's disastrous defense

sequester we ended the sequester you

know what that means I think most of you

let's put it that way or this way it was

a very good thing that we that we did

otherwise you wouldn't be building these

ships right now we ended what was a true

disaster we've invested the 25 trillion

dollars in all of the greatest equipment

in the world and it's all made here

right in the USA and a lot of it is

going to be made in Wisconsin outside of

this facility also and I signed a new

law creating very importantly this was

something very important to me the sixth

branch of the US military the space

force that's a big deal that's a big

deal we're revitalizing our partnerships

around the world and insisting that

other nations pay their fair share in

NATO they weren't paying up and now many

of them are some of them still don't pay

like they should that delinquent you

know that word that delinquent

no other president pressed them to pay I

press him to pay and the people at NATO

are very happy with me I will tell you

the secretary-general said there's never

been anything like it we took in a

hundred and forty billion dollars more

money from other people not from us from

other people paying their bills because

for many years they didn't pay their

bills we were guarding nations and they

weren't paying for it and somehow I said

that doesn't work too well not for me

and not for you either

because you're smart this is great news

for American workers and taxpayers as

part of Saudi Arabia's effort to fulfill

its own defence obligations

last year the Kingdom placed a 1

three billion dollar order for four new

vessels made by your great company so

you know the vessels they're getting

built right now and we felt very

strongly that this is where it should be

and we gave them a strong recommendation

and they followed it that's very good

since 1942 when your company was founded

to build five wooden barges for world

war ii this small town in Wisconsin has

raised up one of the premier

shipbuilding enterprises anywhere on

earth and have you come back here in

five years you'll see one of the top

places anywhere in the world you should

take immense pride in what you've done

and those before you in many cases your

father's and your grandfather's in many

cases your father's are alive and very

proud of the job you're doing I met

three people whose fathers worked here

and it looked like he was ending and now

they work here and they're gonna be here

for a long time and I said get your son

ready or get your daughter ready your

tradition of excellence has given

America two classes of combat ships the

Coast Guard cutters that patrol our

maritime borders a state-of-the-art

icebreaker which is incredible which we

had not an easy time getting approved I

will tell you that Democrats don't like

approving money for the military for

whatever reason

someday you'll explain that to me they

don't like spending money on our

military and several of the Staten

Island ferries and so much more doing a

lot of work the workers of the shipyard

and the people of this state have always

prospered and persevered by holding fast

to our shared American values in this

country we honor work we celebrate great

craftsmanship I understand craftsmanship

I understand this world so well you

wouldn't believe it you wouldn't believe

it how well I understand it and how well

I appreciate it I appreciate talent and

that's real talent craftsmanship and we

salute the dignity and nobility of the

American worker we look out for one that

you wouldn't believe we look out for

everybody we'll look out for one another

we're loyal to one another

and we love our families we want our

families taken care of we want our

families to prosper we want our

community to prosper this community was

not prospering with all that talent they

weren't prospering and now you're all

working and doing something that you

love you can't wait I know most of you

you can't wait to get to work that's the

way I feel and your job is much more

pleasant than mine that I can guarantee

that I can guarantee oh you don't know

what I have to go through with these

people they said to me sir a friend of

mine very smart very successful person

used to call me Donald now he calls me

sir since mr president I said call me

Donald yes but I can't mr president

which is okay he said so which is the

toughest nation to deal with is it China

is it possibly Russia or is it maybe

North Korea I said no the toughest

nation to deal with are the Democrats in

the USA

[Music]

the Democrats in the USA are much

tougher to deal with any of these people

that we deal with they're far more

unreasonable and actually they're a

little crazy we take care of our

communities and when the time comes when

history calls when our flag is

threatened we defend our country like

nobody else has ever defended our

country or our flag we defend our flag

we stand tall we stand strong and we

always stand proud of the United States

of America with the help of everyone

here today this shipyard will continue

to prosper this state will continue to

thrive and this nation that we love will

climb to new heights of glory and to

greatness and that's what's happening

right now we're going to have a great

third quarter and we're going to have a

phenomenal next year you'll see next

year will be one of the greatest years

you see it happening already it's

happening and it's happening quickly so

I want to thank everybody at this

amazing yard I want to thank the

grandparents and the parents who put you

here they're very proud of you some are

looking down on you right now they're

looking down from heaven and they're

very proud of you they're very very

proud and I'm also very proud of you so

congratulations to you all god bless you

and God bless america thank you all

thank you all very much thank you thank

you

you

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