Statement from the Press Secretary

Statement from the Press Secretary

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 5, 2018

*Statement from the Press Secretary*

Today, President Donald J. Trump received from Deputy Secretary of Defense
Shanahan a report that fulfills the mandate of Executive Order 13806,
“Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base
and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States.”

This historic report is the culmination of the most comprehensive
assessment of the manufacturing and defense industrial base in American
history. For the first time since President Eisenhower, the President has
directly engaged to protect the health and stability of the defense
industrial base and its supply chains, which are essential to maintaining
our economic and national security.

As a result of the President’s leadership, the Secretaries of Defense,
Commerce, Energy, and Labor are taking action to implement the report’s
recommendations for remedying the nearly 300 vulnerabilities it
identified.

The Trump Administration is pursuing an aggressive agenda to rebuild our
military through increased defense spending and modernization initiatives,
while taking strong measures to revitalize American manufacturing. We are
reducing burdensome regulations, implementing historic tax cuts, ending
unfair trade deals, and much more. These policies represent the
understanding, outlined in the 2017 National Security Strategy, that
economic security truly is national security.

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