1:05 p.m. President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at the unveiling of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in North Charleston, South Carolina. He tweeted this morning that he was looking forward to talking about jobs and spending time at the plant.
The president’s visit comes a day after Boeing workers at the plant overwhelmingly voted against unionizing. The Associated Press reported that among the 2,800 workers who voted, almost 74 percent voted against union representation.
The revamped airliner will seat 330 passengers and hold 15 percent more cargo than another 787. It will be built at the Boeing plant in Charleston.
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1:31 p.m. Mr. Trump has taken the stage and started chanting with the crowd “U-S-A,” and said, “I love South Carolina, I love it.” He then claimed that he won South Carolina in a “landslide.”
“That is one beautiful airplane,” Mr. Trump said about the Boeing Dreamliner behind him.
The president thanked the state’s current governor and thanked the former governor, Nikki Haley, for serving as his U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Mr. Trump said he’s attending the event today to celebrate engineering and jobs. The president began recounting the Wright brothers’ first flight in the neighboring state of North Carolina.
1:36 p.m. “This is our mantra: Buy American and hire America,” Mr. Trump said. “We want products made in America, made by American hands.”
The president alluded to executive actions he signed last month authorizing the construction of the Keystone and Dakota pipelines and said that he wants the steel for the equipment to be American-made steel.
“We are going to fight for every last American job,” he said.
1:39 p.m. The president began discussing his administration’s goal to rebuild the military, saying it is “going to ensure that our great servicemembers have the tools, equipment, training and resources they need to get the job done.”
“As George Washington said, being prepared for war is the best way to prevent it,” Mr. Trump said.
“On every front, we are going to work for the American people,” he said, adding that his focus “is all about jobs.”
“I will never, ever disappoint you, believe me,” he said. “I will not disappoint you.”
The president said there’s going to be a “penalty” for businesses that send jobs overseas, fire American workers and try to sell their products in the U.S.
1:47 p.m. The event has ended.