In a highly anticipated speech on Tuesday on U.S. trade policy, President Donald Trump painted a rosy picture of the domestic economic outlook and said his “America First” trade policies had led to unprecedented growth.
“Today, I am proud to stand before you as president of the United States to report that we have delivered on our promises and exceeded our expectations by a very wide margin,” Trump told the Economic Club of New York in Manhattan. “We have ended the war on American workers, we have stopped the assault on American industry, and we have launched an economic boom the likes of which we have never seen before.”
In a lengthy speech that at times deviated from his prepared remarks, Trump said his daughter, Ivanka Trump, has created 14 million jobs via a White House workplace advisory board she co-chairs.
“When she started this two-and-a-half years ago, her goal was 500,000 jobs,” Trump said. “She’s now created 14 million jobs. And they are being trained by these great companies, the greatest companies in the world, because the government can’t train them.”
Here's Trump absurdly claiming his daughter Ivanka has "created 14 million jobs."— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 12, 2019
"14 million and going up," he adds. pic.twitter.com/7E8uSEgjtL
In the same speech, Trump took credit for creating 7 million jobs since he took office in January 2017.
“Before I took office, the Congressional Budget Office projected that fewer than 2 million jobs would be created by this time in 2019,” he said. “Instead, my administration has created nearly 7 million new jobs. We beat predictions more than three times over.”
He said his “America First” trade policies were doing what he intended — shoring up “American dominance” in the world.
“I knew that our destiny was in our own hands — that we could choose to reject a future of America, and really look at a future of American decline, unacceptable. And to build a future of American dominance, which is what I wanted. It couldn’t be any other way,” he said.
Trump also took aim at his Democratic challengers to the business-friendly audience of CEOs and other private-sector leaders. He said America “will never be a Socialist country” as long as he is president.
“Every time they talk,” he said the Democrats, “I begin to think, ‘Boy, this might be easier than I anticipated.”