The confirmation of his cabinet choices may be moving at a slower pace than he’d like, but US President Donald Trump is forging ahead with his election pledge to ‘buy and hire American’.
“I campaigned on the promise that I will do everything in my power to bring those jobs back into America. We wanted to make much easier, it has be much easier to manufacture in our country. And much harder to leave.”
Despite a prior dispute with Boeing, he gave a ringing endorsement of the company during a visit to its South Carolina plant.
Trump had previously rowed with the plane-maker over projected costs for the next version of Air Force One, but on Friday (February 17) he said the company had done ‘an incredible job’. He did, however, warn that he would continue to squeeze defence companies for better deals with the government.
Going to Charleston, South Carolina, in order to spend time with Boeing and talk jobs! Look forward to it.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
He said he would enforce trade policies to put a stop to what he called ‘foreign cheating’.
Trump flew to Florida directly afterwards, where he has an election-campaign-style rally planned.
Meanwhile gatherings of an entirely different nature have taken place here in New York and elsewhere in the US, to demonstrate against the policies of the Trump administration.