May 21, 2020

Donald Trump Speech at Ford Plant in Michigan – Full Transcript

Donald Trump Speech at Ford Plant Michigan Transcript
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Donald Trump gave a speech on May 21 after touring the Ford plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The plant is currently producing ventilators. Read the full speech transcript here or click the timestamps to see an interactive transcript with video.


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Speaker 1: (01:57)
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome forward to Rawsonville Components, Plant Manager, Angela Weathers.

Angela Weathers: (02:10)
Good afternoon, everybody and welcome. My name is Angela Weathers and I’m the Plant Manager here at Ford’s Rawsonville Plant. It’s great to have you join us today and thank you for coming to Ypsilanti to honor the work that we have been doing. Service to our country and our company runs throughout our veins and when this crisis began, we all wanted to find a way to help create the equipment that the country needed to win.

Angela Weathers: (02:38)
Our team has stepped up and worked tirelessly for a common cause. Our workers, both hourly and salary, have done their very best to put safety first; to stay safe, strong, and on the job.

Angela Weathers: (02:53)
I do want to take a moment to ask our team members to remember all of our healthcare workers, first responders, essential workforce who have given their lives in order to serve and protect the public during this extraordinary challenge in our country.

Angela Weathers: (03:10)
It has been a privilege leading this team and I’m so proud to be part of the Ford Motor Company family, led effortlessly by Bill Ford.

Angela Weathers: (03:21)
So without further ado, please help me give a standing ovation. Introducing our Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company, Bill Ford.

Bill Ford: (03:54)
Well, hello everybody and thank you so much, Angela and thank you for your tireless leadership. You and your team represent the very best of Ford. And welcome Mr. President to Ford’s Rawsonville plant and welcome to all our employees who are joining us today. Today’s a big day for Ford and it’s an important time for our country.

Bill Ford: (04:18)
Normally at this plant, we assemble components and hybrid batteries for Ford cars and trucks but for the past six weeks, our employees have been assembling machines to save lives. And as everybody here knows, Ford has always been a family business. But it’s not just my family. Generations of Ford employees have punched in every day in plants like this one, building for America and we take that trust very seriously. We have a special responsibility to take care of each other and this country just like we’ve done for 117 years.

Bill Ford: (05:04)
In World War II, many of our workers went to fight overseas and those who couldn’t, stayed to build war machines of all types needed to win the war, in plants, just like this. In fact, President Roosevelt visited our Willow Run plant a few miles down the road, to honor the Ford workers who were producing B-24 bombers during World War II. Ford was called the arsenal of democracy.

Bill Ford: (05:35)
Today, some of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren are building equipment to save lives and to protect our medical professionals and first responders. I’m deeply grateful to all of our employees in Rawsonville for stepping up and leading the way. When we paused our factories to keep our workers and their families safe, our teams began thinking about what they could do to serve their country and just as they always have, our employees sprang into action.

Bill Ford: (06:12)
We are the most American automaker, employing more hourly workers in the US than any other automaker. We assemble more vehicles in America than anyone else and we invest more here, and that’s why at a moment’s notice, we were able to shift gears and put our manufacturing expertise to work, producing life saving medical gear and equipment.

Bill Ford: (06:44)
By tapping our spirit of innovation, Ford engineers worked with 3M to design powered respirators from sketch to production in less than 40 days. And working with GE Healthcare and the UAW, we planned to manufacture 50,000 ventilators right here in this facility and just down the road, we’ve assembled over 17 million face shields for our medical heroes across the country. That’s what manufacturing can do and that’s why a strong manufacturing base is critical for our country.

Bill Ford: (07:21)
Thank you, Mr. President, for your support of American manufacturing. This week, many of our assembly lines restarted again with Ford workers building the cars and trucks America depends on like the F-150 and others that you see in this room. Actually, I think this one might make a pretty good presidential limo.

Bill Ford: (07:47)
Here’s what I want all of our employees and your families to know. We put as much care and attention into developing our plan to return to work as anything I’ve been involved with in my 40 years at Ford. We consulted the best medical experts. We rethought plant layouts and we employ technology that will help keep all of us safe and many of the concepts that we’re deploying across all our plants were pioneered right here in Rawsonville.

Bill Ford: (08:19)
The many ways our 200,000 employees have stepped up to help each other and the world through this pandemic makes me very proud to call each one of you a part of our Ford family.

Bill Ford: (08:35)
America’s engines may have gone quiet over the past few months but with the new spirit of safety responsibility and innovation, Ford is proud to start them up again and now it’s my pleasure to introduce the President of the United States.

Bill Ford: (08:53)
We’ve spoken many times over the years and while we don’t always agree on every issue, he is always considered our opinion. He supported tax cuts, which have helped move the economy forward and we deeply appreciate his work and leading a new trade treaty with Mexico and Canada. There is no doubt that we share a passionate view that building in America is the right thing to do for our workers, the economy, and the future of this country.

Bill Ford: (09:25)
Mr. President, thank you for joining us here today to celebrate our workers and this important effort to help get America through this crisis.

Bill Ford: (09:34)
Please join me in welcoming the President of the United States. Thank you.

Donald Trump: (10:00)
Thank you very much. I liked that Dyess very much actually. It’s very special, nice wood. Beautiful like the dashboards on your cars, Bill. Right?

Bill Ford: (10:20)

Donald Trump: (10:21)
Thank you. And I just heard, you’re going to be having 2,000 more jobs right down the road for the Bronco, which is a big winner. That’s great. Fantastic job. Thank you very much, Bill.

Bill Ford: (10:32)
Thank you, sir.

Donald Trump: (10:33)
Thank you. Thank you, right down the road. It’s an honor to have Bill with us. Thank you very much. And I’m thrilled to be back in Michigan. We’ve done a lot of work in Michigan. A lot of plants are opening. A lot of plants stopped… We stopped them from closing and we kept your workers here in Michigan and in the United States, different places as you know, all over the United States, but it’s an honor to do.

Donald Trump: (10:57)
It’s one of the reasons I’m standing here. In fact years ago, I was honored long before I ever thought of the presidential situation. I was honored in Michigan and I said, “How come you’re losing so much of your car business to Mexico and other places?” And I asked that question very innocently. It was probably 10 years ago. The man of the year, they named me man of the year in Michigan. And I said, “What’s going on in Michigan?” And we’ve stopped it. And thanks to a lot of great companies like Ford, a lot of things are happening here. And it’s why I’m so honored when Bill mentioned the plant that you’re going to be doing 2,000 and it’s also a great success, the Broncos. So that’s really, really big news. Thank you very much. Thank you.

Donald Trump: (11:44)
I’m honored to stand on a factory floor operated by the incredible workers of Ford Motor Company. You really are tremendously talented people. I know it. I’m not sure everybody in the world knows it, but a lot of people do. And they’re all going to know it after this speech, but you are really talented, great people. Thank you very much for doing a great job.

Donald Trump: (12:09)
We know what it takes. Few people have that ability, a few. In our nation’s war against the invisible enemy, the hardworking patriots here today answered the call to serve. You prove that the American worker is built Ford and you are built for tough, a great expression. You still use that expression, I think Bill, right? That’s a great expression.

Donald Trump: (12:32)
Let’s see. Can I use it for maybe myself, built Trump tough. I don’t know. They may say that’s a takeoff. That’s no good. You can’t do that. And you’ve made really America proud and you’ve made Ford proud. And America is very proud of Ford right here at the Roseville component plant. You’re building a great medical arsenal to defeat the virus and cement America’s place as the leading manufacturer and exporter of ventilators, anywhere in the world. We’re now getting calls from other countries, many other countries, both friend and foe, believe it or not.

Donald Trump: (13:06)
We get calls from foe and we want to help them out too. And we’re making thousands and thousands of ventilators. And I think we really sort of started right over here. We got a call very early on from Bill and the group, and this is incredible what’s happened and what you’ve done. With your help, not a single American who has needed a ventilator has been denied a ventilator, not one. And as you remember, we took over empty cupboards. The cupboards were bare and we got into the business of ventilators and testing and all of these other things. Now we’ve done 14 million tests. The second country is at 3 million and less than 3 million, Germany, South Korea. And they’ve done a good job, but we’re at 14 million tests and the tests are the best of all. But on behalf of our entire nation, I want to say thank you very much.

Donald Trump: (13:55)
Thank you very much for doing a great job. Driven by the love and sweat and devotion of everyone here today, we’re saving lives. We’re forging ahead. And as of this week, the beating heart of the American auto industry is back open for business. That started right away. Didn’t it? It starts right now. And you have all those supply chains coming in. They’re going to come through because if they don’t come through, just build a product right here. Okay. Because you know, that can happen too.

Donald Trump: (14:23)
But we heard that. It’s a big story that we’re starting with the cars now, and it’s going to be a big success. In addition to many wonderful UAW workers, we’re joined by Secretary Ben Carson, who’s done a fantastic job. Where’s Ben? Ben is here. Thank you, Ben. Where is he? Oh, there he is. Hi Ben. Thank you, Ben. Thank you. And Amanda has done a fantastic job for Ford. Although, I’ll ask Bill about this later. I’ll just find out, I want to make sure for myself, but I know based on results, I know. CEO Jim Hackett. Jim, thank you very much. The word is yes, Jim, the word is great job. Great job.

Donald Trump: (15:11)
Plant manager, Angela Weathers. Angela, thank you very much. That’s a big job. That’s a big job. You enjoy it? Yeah. Great job. Fantastic. It’s a big deal. And GE Healthcare US ana Canada president Everett Cunningham. Thank you, Everett. Thank you Everett.

Donald Trump: (15:35)
Before going further, let us send our love to all of the families that have been displaced by the flooding near Midland. I spoke to your governor this morning and we’ve sent some tremendously talented people out here. We have FEMA and we have the Army Corps of engineers and they can do things that frankly nobody else can do. The Army Corps of engineers, what they do. So they’re very good at rebuilding dams that are busted or blown up or for whatever reason bad things happen. But Americans are praying for central Michigan. We’re going to take care of your problem. The governor and I had a great conversation this morning. And at the appropriate time, I’ll go and see the area that we’ll be fixing. We’re going to help you out. We signed a emergency declaration very quickly, very, very quickly. And we’re going to help you out very quickly also.

Donald Trump: (16:29)
In recent months, this state and this country have faced great challenges. Here in the Detroit area, you were hit hard by the virus. Very, very hard in this area. As one people, we hold in our hearts the precious memory of every person that we have lost and we’ve lost too many. One is too many. We lost too many. It came in from China and it should have been stopped in China. They didn’t stop it. They should’ve stopped it. And as one grateful nation we proclaim God bless our healthcare workers. They’ve done an incredible job. They like warriors. They’re like warriors. I want to thank all of the nurses and doctors.

Donald Trump: (17:15)
Because of the virus, Ford was forced to stop automobile production for the first time since World War Two. That’s something, but you did not despair. Your company leadership called up the White House and asked the most American of all questions, how can we help? True. I said, “That’s nice. That’s very nice.” Every one of the workers in this project volunteered to take part in the greatest industrialization and mobilization project that our society has done, the American people have done in our lifetimes. The company founded by a man named Henry Ford. Good bloodlines, good blood lines. If you believe in that stuff, you get good blood. They teamed up with the company founded by Thomas Edison. That’s General Electric. That’s good stuff. That’s good stuff. And you put it all together. That they’re all looking down right now. And they’d be very proud of what they see. You began the production of 50,000 lifesaving ventilators. A number that if you go back just two months, I would say most people would say it would be impossible to believe. The media is back there. And they would have said a couple of months ago, the creation of that many ventilators would have been not a possible thing.

Donald Trump: (18:35)
Every single one of these ventilators is made in the USA with American heart, American hands, and American pride. Just as your great grandparents produced more than one Model T every minute, just as your grandmothers and grandfathers produced a B24, you did the B24 bombers. I saw pictures in the back. That was quite a weapon. That was quite an incredible weapon, B24 bomber.

Donald Trump: (19:03)
And just as a Ford F150 normally drives off the line every 52 seconds, you quickly mastered this complex new machine of ventilators. They’re a very complicated, delicate, big, expensive machine. One month ago, Ford had never built a single ventilator. And now you’re a world leader. That’s not bad. You adopted the designs of a company that was building just 10 a week, but a very high quality ventilator. And very soon you’ll be producing one new ventilator every single minute. It’s an absolute amazing achievement. And you’re really helping now beyond the country. You’re helping other countries throughout the world. We have 188 countries that are fighting this terrible enemy and ventilators is something they could never… You could do cotton swabs. You can do all of the things, you could even do testing, but ventilators are a whole different lot. It’s very tough. Great job.

Donald Trump: (20:03)
… different lot. It’s very tough. Great job. Thanks to you, we’ll stockpile over 100,000 new ventilators in the next few months, and have offered over 14,000 to friends and allies all around the world, and they desperately need them. Just this week, I spoke to five countries. They called me. Is it possible to get ventilators to them, and I’m sending them over. I want to recognize just a few of the exceptional Americans who made this historic feat possible. Keith Pastorino is an electrician here in Rawsonville. Keith, please tell us what you’ve done. How you like it. Come on up. Let’s see Keith. Oh, look at Keith. Thank you Keith. Love to grab him and shake his hand, but I guess we can’t do that, can you.

Keith Pastorino: (20:55)
Well, on behalf of Ford and the UAW, welcome Mr. President. Keith Pastorino, I’m an electrician. When I first heard the news that my plant was going to be building ventilators, it only took me a minute to get ahold of my UAW, and then I decided that this was my opportunity to serve my country. So on the first day as a volunteer, we went full speed, seven days a week, 12 hours a shift. I would go home sore, bruised, had blisters, was bleeding, had trouble sleeping, just because of the pains of that day. But I kept coming back because this is a great nation, and I couldn’t say that I’d be more proud of my coworkers for their efforts and their sacrifices to build these fine Ford ventilators, respirators, face masks, and face shields. Thank you. This has been an absolute honor, and a blessing, and God bless you sir.

Donald Trump: (22:11)
Thank you very much Keith. Thank you. Thank you. Great job. Great people. We’re also joined by Gary Brabant, a quality technician. Gary come on up, Gary. Thanks Gary.

Gary Brabant: (22:44)
Good afternoon. Thank you, President Trump, for the honor to tell my story. My name is Gary Brabant, and I’m a fourth generation Ford Motor Company employee. My grandfathers worked for Ford Motor Company during World War II, and my father retired from Rawsonville after 41 years. I always knew growing up I wanted to work for Ford. I am very, very proud of the ventilator project and the amazing job done by Ford and the UAW team here. I had anxiety when I received the call to volunteer. I didn’t want to get sick, or take it home to my family. However, upon arriving here on the first day, I felt safe due to the new policies and procedures put forth by our UAW Health and Safety team. It’s a great feeling to know everything we are doing here and each assembly we make is saving somebody’s life. Thank you Mr. President, and God bless America.

Donald Trump: (23:46)
Thank you very much. Thank you Gary. Thank you, Gary, very much. With us as well is Adrian Price, who has helped lead this effort as one of Ford’s top engineers, highly respected. Come on up please Adrian.

Adrian Price: (24:07)
Thank you Mr. President.

Donald Trump: (24:16)
Thank you. Thank you.

Adrian Price: (24:18)
Really thank you for the opportunity to represent my friends and colleagues who’ve been involved in Project Apollo. I’m honored to be part of a team that over the last few weeks has been able to produce more than 17 million of these face shields, 13 million surgical masks, 32,000 pressurized air purifying respirators, and here at the Rawsonville facility, produce a ventilator every 60 seconds. These feats are a testament to the skills and capabilities of the men and women at Ford Motor Company, and our UAW, and other partners, who have come together to do what we could do to support the battle against COVID-19.

Adrian Price: (25:04)
Ford motor company and its employees are always prepared to step up and do the right thing to support those in need, but most particularly in times of significant national crisis. I believe these acts are part of the DNA of our company, and are inspired by both the Ford family, and our continuing history of service. Personally, I’m proud to be playing a part in supporting the brave men and women who are on the frontline every day, putting themselves at risk to help others. As I stand here today, surrounded by these awesome American made cars, SUVs, and beautiful trucks, I’m so pleased that our facilities and dealerships are safely in operation and serving the needs of our current, and maybe future, Ford and Lincoln customers. Thank you Mr. President.

Donald Trump: (25:58)
I bought plenty of them. I bought plenty of them. Thank you Adrian. Yep. I have a lot of those Lincolns. That’s great. Thank you very much. The global pandemic has proven once and for all that to be a strong nation America must be a manufacturing nation. We are bringing it back, 600,000 jobs. Previous administration said, “Manufacturing jobs, we’re not doing that. It’s gone from this country.” They were wrong. Six hundred thousand jobs until we had to turn it off, and now we’re going to turn it back on like never before. You’ll see numbers that you didn’t even see the last time. We’re going to rebuild it quickly. It’s going to happen very quickly. We’re already seeing indications of that. Larry Kudlow gave some numbers that were really inspiring this morning, based on what we’re hearing and seeing.

Donald Trump: (26:50)
True national independence requires economic independence from day one. I’ve been fighting to bring back our jobs from China, and many other countries. Today I’m declaring a simple but vital national goal. The United States will be the world’s premier pharmacy, drug store, and medical manufacturer. We’re bringing our medicines back, and many other things too. We must produce critical equipment, supplies, pharmaceuticals, technologies, for ourselves. We cannot rely on foreign nations to take care of us, especially in times of difficulty. In previous decades, politicians shipped away our jobs, outsourced our supply chains, and offshored our industries. They sent them abroad. We’re bringing them back, and we’ve been doing that long before this crisis. We’re bringing them back. That’s why we have so many plants being built all over the United States that make a beautiful product called cars. Bringing them back. You see it. I told Prime Minister Abe of Japan, ” Shinzo, you got to get them back.” We have many Japanese companies now building car companies here. I said, “You’ve got to bring them back.” We’ve had deficits with all of these countries for years, and years, and years. They were ripping us left and right. We had no idea. We had no leader that understood what the hell was happening, but now you do.

Donald Trump: (28:20)
I said, “You got to bring them back.” We made a great deal with South Korea. We made a great deal with Japan. We have $40 billion dollars Japan is putting into the United States, not to mention all of the plants that they’re building. The South Korea deal was a terrible deal, and we made it good. Hillary Clinton actually made that deal. She said, “It’s going to produce 250,000 jobs,” and she was right. It produced 250,000 jobs for South Korea, not for us. Wasn’t too good was it? But we are bringing it all back to our country, and it started long before this happened. Maybe that’s one of the reasons this happened. Maybe people weren’t so thrilled with what was going on. But we had the greatest year in the history of our country, and have it again very soon.

Donald Trump: (29:09)
In this administration, we know that it matters where someone works on something, and where something is made. As we’ve seen today, companies like your great Ford, and workers like you are a national treasure. I consider Ford to be a national treasure. I consider you to be a national treasure, the talent, because that talent, and culture, and commitment to winning, are irreplaceable. Your patriotism can not be outsourced. Your 117 years of incredible manufacturing heritage cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. The talent, I see the talent. I know what talent is. I understand your world, and I understand your business. That’s why in my administration, we live by two simple rules, buy American and hire American.

Donald Trump: (30:02)
Buy American and hire American. And we have another rule that you may have heard on occasion. It’s called America first. We didn’t have America first. We had America last under previous presidents. They were more concerned with the world than they were concerned with their own country. My first week in office, I withdrew from the job wrecking Trans Pacific Partnership, which would have destroyed the auto industry. I never asked you about that bill. I mean, I think you agree. Oh, you do? Would you please stand up and just not that you agree? Your industry bill would have been destroyed had that deal gone through and not only yours by the way, but other countries would have been very happy. So I don’t know. I don’t know how to hell these unions aren’t endorsing Trump instead of the standard Democrat. A Democrat that doesn’t even know where he is.

Donald Trump: (31:03)
We renegotiated the catastrophic deal with South Korea to preserve the protective tariff on foreign made pickup trucks. The Chicken Tax, they call it, right? You know what the Chicken Tax is? Most profitable thing you have. You know why? Because of the Chicken Tax that was expiring a year ago, and I got it extended. Because of that tax, it’s one of the most profitable products. You live for that product, right? I kept my promise to replace the NAFTA disaster with a brand new USMCA, which is a fantastic deal for our country. Tough new requirements under the USMCA ensure more cars to be built in American plants by American labor and even labor endorsed it. But the big thing is you’re losing all your car industry. You weren’t going to have a car industry left.

Donald Trump: (31:55)
Now people aren’t going to be moving back to Mexico. They’re not going to be moving back and you’re going to have it the other way. At the same time we preserve our relationship. Mexico’s actually been very nice. Our border is the strongest it’s ever been. We’re up to over 200 miles at brand new, beautiful border wall. And that 200 miles is pristine. Nobody comes through. This is a serious wall. It’s a serious wall. And it’s incredible what we’ve done there, too. We had among the best months we’ve ever had. And now when somebody comes across, we bring them back. We don’t go through five years of litigation in the other days or the older days. Not so long ago, if they stepped a foot into our country, you had to be Perry Mason. You end up in a court case and it took years. You’d release them into the country by law. And then you say, “Come back in five years for your trial.” And only the very stupid people came back. About 2%. They didn’t come back. Why should they come back? They were released into our country. We don’t do that. We don’t do that. And we want people coming into our country, but we want them to come in through merit and we want them to come in legally. It’s very important. I’ll continue to fight for US auto workers as we rebuild our economic strength. Our strategy for a phased and responsible reopening protects those lives, those American lives, those high risk American lives from the virus while allowing those at Loris, such as young, healthy people, where they just have a much, much lower risk. We’ve learned a lot. You’re a certain age, you have a problem with diabetes, or you have a problem with your heart, you’re a prime suspect for this horrible disease. It’s a terrible thing.

Donald Trump: (33:48)
So we’ve learned that young people do very well. Very well, incredibly well. Older people, especially older people that have problems, they don’t do well at all. So we have to protect those people and we want to get everybody now safely back to work. And we’re going to do that. I spoke today about our churches. Our churches have closed. And I said to CDC, I had a great conversation. I said, “Our people want to go back to church on Sundays. And our churches want to take care of their parishioners, their people that go to worship.” And a you’re going to see something come out very soon about opening up our churches.

Donald Trump: (34:27)
A permanent lockdown is not a strategy for a healthy state or a healthy country. Our country wasn’t meant to be shut down. We did the right thing, but now it’s time to open it up. A never ending lock down would invite a public health calamity. To protect the health of our people, we must have a functioning economy. And as I said, and I’ll say it a hundred times, we’re going to have an incredible year next year, right at the beginning, even our fourth quarter is going to be very good. There’s a tremendous pent up demand. That includes for your cars. Americans who need and want to return to work should not be vilified. They should be supported unlike many politicians and journalists. For those who earn a living with their own two hands, working remotely is just not an option. You don’t have the option of doing that.

Donald Trump: (35:21)
Our plan emphasizes safety and protection for returning employees. I want to commend Ford along with General Motors, General Electric, Fiat Chrysler, and so many other companies. A lot of them in this area for blazing, a trail to safely restart America’s economic engines. You are demonstrating that we can open our country while taking precautions like social distancing, daily medical screenings, strict hygiene. You can get tremendous numbers of very quick temperature checks. Whoever heard they aim a camera right there and two seconds later, they tell you your temperature. More accurately than the old days where you put it under your tongue for two and a half minutes. This is a little better. But you get temperature checks.

Donald Trump: (36:11)
And I want to thank you all for leading America back to work. You look at states like Florida, Georgia, and many others where the numbers have actually gone down. They’re open, but their numbers are going down and very substantially down. With your help and our policies, this country is poised for an epic comeback. This is going to be an incredible comeback. Watch, it’s already happening. Within the next year, we are going to be exceeding any expectation and I’ve had a good gut feeling about a lot of things, including running for president. I said, “I think I could win.” And I guess I was right. Everyone here today, and by the way, I think we’re going to do better the second time. And it’s very important that we win the second time or everything that we’ve done, including manufacturing, jobs, all this is going to be not in a very good position.

Donald Trump: (37:02)
Everyone here today is the heir to a majestic and noble tradition. You walk in the footsteps of those who built the Motor City in the 1920s and thirties, who stocked the arsenal of democracy in the 1940s, and who set the standard for automotive safety and style in the 1950s and sixties and beyond. And even today, Bill was showing me some of those cars, it’s a credible. I wanted to buy one, then I heard the price. I said, “Forget it.” I said, “I’ll use one on occasion, right?” But what a car that is, huh? What a car.

Donald Trump: (37:38)
Our friends and allies marveled at these triumphs of American industry and our enemies learned that nothing can stop the strength and power and grit of the American worker, nothing. Just like generations of Michigan manufacturers before you, each of you has done your best for America in its time of need. You love your country. You love your country so much. Now you have a critical role to play in forging a new legacy of American greatness that will inspire and endure for generations to come. It’s a very important time in our country’s history and our country’s life. Because of you, the Ford name will forever stand as a symbol of American excellence, innovation, quality, and craftsmanship. And because of you, America will be strong and healthy and prosperous and free for many, many decades to come.

Donald Trump: (38:36)
I want to say very powerfully, very strongly, God bless you all. God bless America. I’m proud to be here. I’m proud to be with Ford. Bill, thank you very much. Everyone, thank you very much. We’ll be back. We’ll see you a lot. Good luck. John James, thank you for being here. We’re going to have a great Senator, John James. Thank you all very much. Thank you. Thank you.

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