President Donald Trump traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio, on Feb. 5 to visit Sheffer Corporation, a cylinder manufacturer that recently paid tax cuts bonuses to its 126 employees. During his speech at the manufacturing plant, Trump touted his tax reform and criticized Democrats’ chilly reaction at his State of the Union address.
Even on positive news, there was a “dead silence, not a smile,” he said. “So that means they would rather see Trump do badly, okay, than our country do well. That’s what it means.”
Trump called Democrats “selfish” and said “it got to a point where I really didn’t even want to look too much during the speech over to that side. Because, honestly, it was bad energy.”
“They were like death and un-American,” he added.
During his speech at Sheffer Corp., Trump promoted the recently passed tax reform bill and its benefits to the American workers.
“At the center of America’s resurgence are the massive tax cuts that we just passed before Christmas,” Trump said.
The tax cuts will produce $8 billion in tax relief for Ohio families this year, he added.
He also praised companies that distribute tax cut bonuses to their employees and criticized House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D–Calif.) for calling the company bonuses “crumbs.”
“Nancy Pelosi—what she’s doing to this country. And she’s gone so far left, and [Chuck] Schumer has gone so far left,” Trump said.
Pelosi has been slamming the Republican tax bill, calling it the “GOP Tax Scam.”
Trump praised companies like Apple, Exxon Mobil, and Fiat Chrysler for investing and creating new jobs in the United States.
Apple announced on Jan. 17 that it plans to repatriate billions in overseas cash. The tech giant will contribute $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next five years and add 20,000 new jobs.
ExxonMobil said it would invest $50 billion into existing and new American operations and hiring new workers, as a result of the tax reform bill.
Fiat Chrysler also announced in January that it would shift production of its heavy-duty pickup trucks from Mexico to Michigan in 2020. The company will create 2,500 jobs at the Michigan factory and invest $1 billion.
“There’s never been a better time to hire in America, to invest in America, and to start living the American Dream,” Trump said.
After years of stagnation, wages are also rising, he said.
The economy created 200,000 new jobs last month, and average hourly wages grew at 2.9 percent, the fastest pace since June 2009.
“Creating good jobs is also an important part of fighting the drug epidemic that has affected millions of Americans, bringing new hope to struggling communities,” Trump said.