[WH Pool] VP Pool Report #10— Motorcade to airport & gaggle transcript

[WH Pool] VP Pool Report #10— Motorcade to airport & gaggle transcript
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After a 21-minute stop at the diner, the Vice President gave a quick wave
to a crowd of supporters that gathered near the motorcade before ducking
into his car at 1:11pm.

The motorcade pulled into Rickenbacker International Airport at 1:30pm, and
we held on the tarmac for roughly 30 minutes.

P.S. – Apologies for any slow or duplicate reports, we’ve been having some
trouble with data & internet out here.

Below is a transcript from the VP’s gaggle earlier (pulled from an AI
transcription service, so there may be some small errors I didn’t catch):

Hi, everybody, thank you for coming out today. This is a great day for
Fairfield County a great day for Ohio and a great day for America.
Canadian company investing millions of dollars, creating more than 300
jobs. Right here in the Buckeye State. As I said today, we believe
that it’s a result of the policies that we’ve been advancing with
strong support of Senator Rob Portman, Congressman Stivers and in the
Republican Party, but we’ve got more work to do. Tax cuts,
deregulation, all have made a difference in encouraging investment. 6
million new jobs created in the last two and a half years, including
tens of thousands of jobs created here in Ohio.

But President Trump and I truly believe in passing the USMCA, the
largest trade deal in American history, is going to be absolutely
essential to keeping the momentum in this economy and continuing to
see manufacturing rebound, the way it’s rebounding all across this
country. It is amazing to think that in the last administration, we
lost 200,000 manufacturing jobs but because of the policies that
people have Ohio supported in 2016 have less taxes, less red tape,
more American energy and free and fair trade. Now more than 500,000
manufacturing jobs have been created. But the USMCA has been
negotiated between Canada, Mexico and the United States.

It not only modernizes, but really puts American jobs and American
workers first, as I mentioned today, in particular, as we learned in
the state of Indiana.

Since NAFTA was signed into law, there were incentives in in NAFTA to
move jobs south of the border. The USMCA fixes all of that, by
establishing that, that, that a certain percentage of manufactured
parts have to be manufactured at what is essentially the American
average wage. That takes the incentive out of moving jobs south of the
border, for all intents and purposes.

And so we’re here today to really celebrate a great day — the largest
economic development project in the history of Fairfield County, at
least for 20 years. But we’re also really here today to tell the
people … that the time has come for Congress to pass the USMCA. We
really believe that there’s growing support on Capitol Hill.

I’m pleased to see many democrats stepping forward even in the last
week to announce their support of the USMCA. But for the sake of these
workers for the sake of Ohio for the sake of America, we need Congress
to pass the USMCA this year.

*Question on 2020 Dem debate tonight:*

I can’t wait to get to that election. Because it seems, as we talk
about less taxes, less regulation, more American energy, free and fair
trade. O the other side of the aisle, we see on the entire field going
farther and farther to the left. And anytime I remember, in my adult
life, you actually have leading voices in the Democratic Party —
candidates for president were openly advocating socialism and economic
system that literally impoverished generations in the last century. So
we, we really believe the philosophy that’s emerging in the other
party of philosophy of more government, more regulation, Medicare for
All, Green New Deal compared to our policies have less taxes, less
regulation. Moreover, fair trade.

That’s a great contest and gives us a lot of confidence about
reelection in 2020.

*Question: You mentioned building cars in the heartland. What about
the GM closure and Lordstown some lawmakers here in Ohio wants to talk
with you about that what is being done, I guess right now to help out
some of the people that may have lost their jobs there*

Well, as you know, after GM made that announcement, President Trump
made it clear that we wanted the CGM do better, very pleased that they
step forward. workhorse I learned, just this week, secured the
financing, to move forward to keep jobs in that community. And we’re
going to continue to look for ways to support that. But it’s important
also to note that as it is… we’re still seeing investment.

We’re celebrating here in Fairfield County, General Motors is still
investing hundreds of millions of dollars in Ohio alone, creating all
new jobs. And to keep that momentum going, we really believe that
completing the USMCA will absolutely be essential. So for the sake of
Moorestown … For the sake of … Columbus, we got to get the USMCA
done. But we’ll keep working hand in glove. One of the things I think
the American people admire about this President is he’s, you know,
he’s fighting every day for American jobs. And when we got worried
about Lordstown, I was around when the President picked up the phone
and called GM and let Mary Barra know that we wanted to find a
solution for that community. We’re encouraged by the progress we’re
going to continue to send directly.

*Question: We talked about wanting to get this done this year, do you
hear a ticking clock or something? Are you concerned that it won’t be
able to to get the air that it needs if you wait?*

Well, I think I think the clock is ticking. Look, the United States
and Mexico and Canada negotiated this agreement. Canada’s already
begun to move through the legislative process, Mexico’s already begun
to pass changes in their labor laws that we require. The USMCA will
help level the playing field with the United States. I mean, our work
is done. And we have every confidence that if speaker Nancy Pelosi
will bring the USMCA to the floor it will pass, but what we want to
avoid is is having the USMCA slide in to next year. We all know Ohio’s
always played an outsized role in presidential elections and will
again this year, we’re incredibly proud to win the Buckeye State in
2016. And we’re going to be working to win it again in 2020. But in
terms of the focus of the country, we think now is the time for us,
for us literally to have conversations, politics aside, just do
something that’s going to be a win for American jobs and American
work.

So we’re pressing for it to be done. We’re hopeful that in September,
early October, the house of representatives will take up the US MCA.
We believe the time is now. The clock is ticking. Congress needs to
move the US MCA and they need to move the UsMCA this year.

*Question: Vice President, what do you make of the President’s most
recent comments about Congressman Elijah Cummings, and his tweets
about Baltimore?*

Well, look in the campaign in 2016, President Trump said memorably
that our commitment was we he was going to be a president, ours was
going to be administration for all Americans, and I couldn’t be more
proud of what we’ve been able to do.

For the African American community in this country, we have the lowest
unemployment ever recorded. for African Americans. We have more than
8000 opportunity zones that have been certified in cities around the
country, making it possible literally for billions of dollars to be
invested in neighborhoods that have been neglected, haven’t had
investments, haven’t had jobs.

For decades we passed criminal justice reform, which the prior
administrations were unable to pass. An issue that is very, very
important to the African American community. So this president day in
and day out, has been fighting for the interests of all Americans. And
we have a proud record with the African American community.

With that being said, President Trump is someone who, you know, he
calls it like he sees it. And to have a congressman berating the
Department of Homeland Security, and denouncing our border patrol
agents making accusations that I know are not based in fact, while at
the same time people in his city are struggling in neighborhoods with
abject poverty, is something that the President is going to call on
and he will continue to do that … but anyway, we want every American
to prosper in this economy.

We see six million jobs created 500,000 manufacturing jobs. And the
President absolutely believes that if we continue on this path, we’re
going to continue to expand opportunities, for African Americans,
Hispanic Americans, every American family,

But part of that President Trump believes is being able to say when
things are not what they should be to call on local leadership, to
call on state leadership to say you have to do better. And that’s what
animated is comments.

Thank you all very much. Thank you.

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