The President hosted manufacturers at the White House yesterday as he introduced an executive order called Strengthening Buy-American Preferences for Infrastructure Projects.
Remarks by President Trump
The President: Federal agencies are now spending an additional $24 billion on American-made products instead of going to other countries or foreign-made products.
Federal spending on foreign goods is now the lowest it’s been in more than 10 years, and it’s going down very substantially. And, by the way, we don’t get treated great by many countries in terms of our trade deals, and that’s changing rapidly. But we are now looking out a little bit for ourselves and it’s about time.
Today, I’m taking action to build on this tremendous success by strengthening the Buy American principle for federal infrastructure and federal spending.
We want American roads, bridges, and railways, and everything else to be built with American iron, American steel, American concrete, and American hands. And if you look at what’s happened with the steel industry, it’s actually amazing. The steel industry is thriving now and it was dead when I came to office. It was dead. It was a dead industry. They were dumping steel all over the place. The jobs were going. And if any of you were in the steel industry, I think you can probably tell them, you know. And aluminum, too.
Go to whitehouse.gov to read the full remarks or watch the full video below.