LIVE: Trump Speaks to American Workforce Coverage Advisory Board | NTD

published on July 2, 2020

nice to see you thank you very much and

Eric all come governor of Indiana and we

always recognize Eric as he's how tall

are you Eric pretty tall guy right but

we have one that's a little taller you

know where that is Alaska you know that

right you're doing a great job we

appreciate it as well as the CEOs who

have signed our pledge to American

workers Maryland newson thank you very

much of Lockheed Martin sebastian turn

of udacity and Ginni Rometty of IBM i

want to thank you all you've been really

hear from from the beginning very much

from the beginning and we appreciate it

very much

together we built the greatest economy

in history and literally in the history

of the world greatest we've ever had the

greatest the world has ever seen and now

we have to bring it back because we had

to close in order to save millions of

lives we added 25 million jobs last

month which was incredible and number

the largest monthly increase in history

and more than double the previous record

so we're bringing it back we had the

greatest ever and we had to close it and

now we bring it back and we start off

with 25 million jobs in one month I

would say that's pretty good Maryland

right that's the highest ever done and

then likewise retail sales surged by

nearly 18 percent last month that was

the biggest jump ever recorded so that's

great the stock market has seen you go

back a week one week it's so the best 50

days in its history best 50 day increase

in the history of the stock markets our

pledge to America's workers has secured

commitments over 16 million job and

training opportunities from employers

nationwide and some of the employers are

with us and they've been fantastic I

want to thank the American people for

doing such an incredible job they

understand what's happening and they see

how fast we're turning it around I want

to just state that this is Americans of

all backgrounds that we're talking about

to have the chance we want to get them

the chance to learn and to build a

successful career we want to train

Americans and we want to hire Americans

so we're training American and we're

hiring American before the pledge and

this is a very big factor I mean we have

a a problem that has about 22 different

names but I'll just call it the plague

but before the plague struck we had the

lowest african-american and Hispanic

American Asian American unemployment

ever we had the most jobs we've ever had

almost 160 million jobs we've never been

in a position like that women were

thriving best numbers ever and since my

election more than half of those jobs

more than half first time that's ever

happened went to women but now we want

to get that all back the African

American group got hit very hard the

Hispanic American group got hit very


essentially all groups got hit hard but

now it's all coming back to further

expand opportunity I'm taking a bold

action to reform the federal workforce

today I'll sign an executive order that

directs the federal government to

replace outdated and really outdated

it's called degree based hiring with

skill based hiring so we want it based

on skill the federal government will no

longer be narrowly focused on where you

went to school but the skills and the

talents that you bring to the job we

want that skill to be there we want it

based on merit we've looked at merit for

a long time and we've been able to get

that done and today's signing is a very

very important one I think maybe before

I sign I'll ask Ivanka to say a few

words and then we'll go around a little

bit we'll pick a few people and then

we'll sign and we go back to work thank

you very much Ivanka Thank You mr

president and it's honor to have you

here we just convened our sixth meeting

of our workforce Advisory Board and we

got an update

on the team's response to your bold

call-to-action first we're going to be

launching an Ginni Rometty in

partnership with Tim Cook's spearheaded

this group a massive advertising

campaign that directs those that need to

rescale learn a new trade to secure a

job to the resources to enable them to

do that so we're very excited about the

launch of this private sector-led

and driven campaign to match Americans

with the training they need and

ultimately the job vacancies that exist

the advisory board is also creating a

series of pilot programs and Scott

Pulsifer and Doug McMillon have been

running these groups where we really

think about how we create the resumes of

the future and allow people to find job

vacancies based on skill and for

employers to connect with those

unemployed workers again based on skill

so creating a lot more efficiency to

that process you are once again leading

by example here today with the CEO

signing as the nation's largest employer

we are always seeking to recruit and

retain the best and the brightest to

serve the American people last December

you fought for and secured paid leave

for every federal worker this was a

first creating a workplace that reflects

our American values of both work and

family and helping us retain our amazing

talent it's also why you fought so hard

this spring when kovetz strap to secure

paid sick leave for Americans employed

by small businesses and additional

funding for child care providers helping

millions and millions of Americans

remain employed and providing relief to

small businesses across the country this

is going to ensure a faster and stronger

recovery today we're taking that next

step as you mentioned and signing an

executive order that directs federal

agencies to hire based on skills and

knowledge not just outdated degree

requirements this will allow us to

better recognize the talents and

competencies of all Americans we hire

you built once the most inclusive

economy in this country's history and

you'll build it again through our pledge

to America's workers the private sector

has committed to an

in the training and education of over 16

million American students and workers

and this continues despite the vast

change that that the plague assured in

companies like Udacity Sebastian Thrun

Jose insists today have been leading the

way and they've been using their pledged

commitment and fulfilling it by

providing free tech training to American

workers laid off as a result of kovat I

recently had the opportunity to

virtually meet one of the students that

went through your program and received

her scholarship in in conjunction with

the pledge and it was incredible his

name was Tony he was a lifelong truck

driver he owned his own business it was

a single rig that he had through a

series of setbacks the company ended up

going under he signed up for a course in

tech and is now a software engineer

providing for his family absolutely

loving what he does and there are many

many stories like Tony that hopefully

will inspire millions across the nation

Marilyn Hewson also an early pledge

signer of Lockheed Martin committed to

hiring during the pandemic using virtual

technology and other techniques to

ensure recruitment processes move

forward so with more people teleworking

and learning from home than ever before

we have a lot to accomplish in the

months ahead

and I'm really excited about your effort

to extend this working group and to

reform our federal hiring practices as

we think about building that inclusive

American economy as we transition to

greatness so so thank you for today and

it's a pleasure to have you join thank

you very much honey great job really has

been it's been a labor of love and banca

loves helping people this wonderful

thing Marilyn how about starting with

you Thank You mr president it's really

an honor to serve on this policy board

and I must say I agree with you advisor

Trump Ivanka Trump and and secretary Roz

have led us well we've had a great

effort over the last several meetings

and put forward some strong

recommendations that I helped helped to

match the skills together with the jobs

that are there and at Lockheed Martin

we're proud that this year we are on a

path to

12,000 people and a lot of it is around

making sure that we are getting the kind

of apprenticeships and scholarships and

skills training for them so that they

can link up to jobs in our operation

thank you well you've done a great job

and I got to see it again I mentioned it

it was so impressive what I saw the

whole group yesterday it was really

great to be there and I didn't know you

had a big chunk of that one but it's

done very well with it so we appreciate


please Sebastian COEs it's a great honor

to meet you and I want to thank you for

keeping us safe and moving us forward

this has been of course Avaya time for

all of us over 30 million unemployed is

our chance to really redefine how

education looks like and move into a

world where people learn lifelong have

lifelong access and can we unfold their

livelihoods Ivanka was of course the

visionary behind all of this and thank

you for doing this mentioned Tony

Boswell a truck driver who was driving

trucks for ten years and then his truck

broke down and he couldn't finance the

new engine that he needed he was

unemployed had no income no education

and came across by oh by randomness a

Google scholarship that Udacity launched

and then in ten months time was able to

become a software engineer these are the

stories that I believe this nation needs

I think we have so much opportunity so

much potential in this and this great

nation to bring people forward and I

think this is the time to do it that's a

great story great amazing story Jenny


well first mr president thank you for

your leadership during this time you

thank you and you used an important word

when you described Ivanka's contribution

here as a labor of love because this is

something I think what the team has done

collectively will have a very long-term

impact as well as short-term and we are

solving probably are working towards

helping solve one of the most important

prop programs for growth for the country

as well so to help anyone from any

socio-economic background so I really

might my hat is off and thanks to

secretary Ross and to Ivanka for having

led us through this and I think what

we're put on the table is substantive

change and I know it is

changed a company like mine so as you

sign skills first we've adopted that in

15 percent of our hires last year or

people from non-traditional backgrounds

and so it's it's really what this is all

about I think and giving everyone a

break a bright future in the digital era

so thank you for that thank you very


good job thank you Eric well I just add

my appreciation I mean what you're doing

today is leveling the playing field and

there's been a lot of people a lot of

have-nots that will have an opportunity

to join the haves and – to do it during

a time of such challenge but to

recognize the opportunity that's here

and to do it now there couldn't be a

more important time so appreciate

everyone's effort around this table and

your leadership on this front things we

are we are moving in the right direction

we are we've got ninety three thousand

unfilled jobs right now we need to fill

we've uh sure din a hundred thousand

jobs in just three and a half years the

previous record was ninety three

thousand and four years

these are high wage high demand jobs

these are $28 north an hour it's great

oh this is what it's all about skilling

up the workforce that's it way great job

thank you very much Kim well thank you

mr president

and what I so appreciate about your

administration is it's really an

administration of action you identify

barriers and gaps and then you help

bring the right people together to find

the solutions and enact those so thank

you very much it's been an honor to be a

part of this advisory board I appreciate

how with the leadership of Ivanka and

secretary Ross we really have identified

the various elements connected those

elements whether it's been consistent

data definition goals and messaging and

I look forward to really amplifying that

in the state of Iowa by executive order

I just created an economic task force I

brought several CEOs business leaders

and nonprofits together to utilize their

expertise in the way through innovation

and adaptation and creativity adjusted

within weeks to the coronavirus and

everything that this group has talked

about will fold

well into what we're trying to do at the

state level and when you think about

that happening in every state across the

country we really are going to come back

stronger and better and really help

provide opportunities for every single


so thank you for leading it and we see

it now Kim next year is going to be we

think amazing thank you okay it's gonna

be an amazing year Larry thank you say

something yeah thanks sir I spoke just

before you came but I'll just repeat the

v-shaped recovery virtually every number

is showing a v-shaped recovery now

private surveys government statistics

restaurants home builders truckers

durable goods makers Apple mobility and

travel gasoline demand as you said the

jobs went up really about three million

in May we had tremendous of retail sales

actually today and the income report we

had tremendous consumer spending eight

percent at an annual rate for one month

it's a great story it's a great number

and I still think we get 20% in the

second half of the year and if we get

another five percent in the first

quarter of next year we will be right

back to the peak in 2019 where you got

us the first time with the growth

policies and I just wanted to say evanka

I gave you a big pitch gave you did the

best I could

private sector rescaling and retraining

and not only will people come back to

the labor force when they're reese

killed they'll come back with higher

wages and they'll come back with more

confidence and it'll make a huge

difference as it already has and so I've

added you to the four pillars of growth

the president good tax cuts could be

regulation energy unleashing fair trade

deals and private sector-led re-skilling

how's that sir that's great that's great

and I'm very happy what you said about

early next year I think next year is

going to be an incredible year thank you

very much Larry

well Burt would you like to say

something yes mr president thank you

for the opportunity to help Ivanka

the others on this group I've been very

very impressed with the productivity of

this advisory board most advisory boards

create a big thick book at the end it

goes in a library and nothing happens

this group every single meeting there's

a specific tangible thing it gets

followed up and it gets implemented so

it's really been a heartwarming thing to

see how productive these folks have been

and I congratulate all of them thank you

very much thank you

Jean please Thank You mr president

and you mentioned a three and a half

percent unemployment rate just a few

months ago you did so many things for

the American worker during those three

years you know back in the summer of

2016 the Congressional Budget Office

said that we'd be at five percent

unemployment in February they said that

between then and February 2020 they said

we'd create 19 million jobs we created

seven million jobs so Larry touched on

and it was it was policies of tax cuts

of deregulation that brought us there

which was just a wonderful thing for the

American worker as jobs were being

created and wages were rising but there

was other work going on and what you see

today is a manifestation of other things

that were being done that are now going

to have their day to really help workers

we are coming back Larry's mentioned

some of the numbers but we know that the

Train will be important and we're

fortunate that this really very

extraordinary group and as secretary

Ross has said a group that really

generated valuable product they were

working quietly to help train American

workers I spoke earlier about a new

apprenticeship rule that we adopted the

Labor Department that I think will be

very helpful this will be an important

part of the rebound

thank you Jim very much appreciate it

Steve please Thank You mr president as

others said your economic team working

with you knew how to create jobs and

created an enormous amount and because

of this virus we had to unfortunately

shut down the economy we know how to

reopen the economy safely working with

Congress we put three trillion dollars

in it's beginning to work we see it and

where our work isn't going to be done

until every single one of these jobs is

done we know we need a few more tools

we'll go back to Congress next month but

we're going to get everybody back to

work and I'm confident we're gonna see a

strong third and fourth quarter as we

reopen that's great Steve thank you very

much anybody else would like to say

something anybody anybody this is your

chance go ahead please mr president I

just want to say is your domestic policy

chief what an extraordinary today today

is and here's why it's not just the work

of this council and the leadership of

Ivanka it is the executive order that

you are about to sign that completely

resets the playing field the federal

government is the largest employer in

the country with two million employees

two-thirds of American adults do not

have a college degree your signature

that is recalibrating the workforce away

from being degree only to skillset is

transformational and the opportunity for

you to fight for all Americans I think

about Tony that Ivanka talked about that

Sebastien talked about from Udacity from

a truck driver to a software engineer

next but potentially into the federal

government because of this executive

order that is focusing on skills rather

than degrees congratulations and thank

you for your leadership it's

extraordinary thank you very much Joe


yes president Trump thank you very much

for your strong leadership you know I

sit in the audience here as part of a

participate participation of this

particular advisory board and I'm a

recipient of the type of programs that

you are actually implementing and

supporting I started out as a box

handler in a in a world's largest

logistics company and so when I hear we

want to talk about the dedication of the

workforce and establishing some really

comprehensive training I took advantage

of every training opportunity there was

in that private sector and perhaps

you'll see another administrator similar

to me based on the programs that you're

going to advocate and support and

because of the public-private

partnerships that this administration

has enabled the Paycheck protection

program just one example

that has fortified small businesses

sustained their viability and also

protected their employees a baseline of

about sixty million employees and so I

thank you again for putting in small

businesses front and center and one of

them comment I'm looking at all of these

private sector companies the super

leaders in your various sectors you are

the primary contractors for the the

subcontractors that I represent as an

advocate for Small Business

Administration so once you reinstate

your viability the small business sector

will then follow suit soon after so

thank you again prison thank you very

much Jovita thank you very much mr


I just appreciate your unrelenting focus

on creating opportunity for all

Americans and that begins with

opportunities in education and I so

appreciate your leadership there and

it's been a privilege to be part of this

Ivanka and secretary Ross thank you for

your work here we are privileged to

carry out your vision in policy and

action as governor Reynolds said and

thank you for your leadership choice

how's that going choice right that's

what we want please yeah I was just

gonna say Thank You mr president

from a University's perspective it's

often perceived as skills versus degrees

but in reality in a skills denominated

future it is that tide that lifts all

boats because even those who possess

degrees they can better articulate the

skills and competencies that they now

have for the future of work and the

reality is – is is it's also more fair

it's more equitable it's more prosperous

for our workforce because what it really

is is it's now about what you possess of

what you can demonstrate not how you

acquired the competency and skill and so

it just creates much more of an

equitable equitable pathway and WGU as a

competency-based education provider has

always been focused on how do you

articulate the outcomes of a – of

achieving a degree in a skills and

competency based way so it's much more

aligned with a few

work and so it is truly that tide that

lifts all boats so this is a huge step

in the right direction so thank you very

much I agree with you a hundred percent

I must say I do okay what are we signed

and this is a big deal

congratulations to everybody in the room

this means a lot

okay we'll do that for Maryland we'll

take this



okay that's very good we're pens for

everybody all right thank you well thank

you all very much we appreciate it this

is really an important day for a lot of

reasons but this is one of them thank

you all for being with us we appreciate

it very much thank you very much


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