The POTUS visited a “heavy equipment” factory in Pittsburgh on Thursday, and ended up laying down some unexpectedly-heavy strategy talk on a crowd of listeners.
Trump said that his campaign for GOP hopefuls in the upcoming midterm elections will focus on the economy and job growth.
Not a major surprise. But the timing also feels right for the announcement, given that Apple only yesterday announced the building of a new campus in the U.S. with promise of 20,000 new American jobs.
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More from USA Today:
The White House billed it as a tax cut speech, but President Trump also used his visit to a heavy equipment factory Thursday to warm up for his biggest political project of 2018: The November congressional elections.
“[If] we can keep it like this, we’re going to win a lot of elections, that I can tell you,” Trump said while discussing the economy before an invited crowd at H&K Equipment Company of Pittsburgh.
With a backdrop of a big U.S. flag and new yellow forklifts built by his hosts, Trump also pulled out a slogan from President Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign: “It’s the economy, stupid — did you ever hear that one?”
Trump did devote most of his 25-minute speech to what he called the benefits of the tax cuts he signed into law late last year, from bonus and job announcements by various companies to the $2.7 million capital investment pledged by H&K Equipment.
As the crowd bundled together on the heat-less factory floor, Trump talked about other things the tax bill did; eliminating the the individual mandate in President Barack Obama’s health care law and opening the Alaskan wilderness to oil and gas exploration.
With the one-year anniversary of his presidency coming up Saturday, Trump echoed his 2016 campaign mantras to “Make America Great Again” and put “America First,” themes he is likely to echo on behalf of Republican congressional candidates as they try to keep control of Congress this fall.
Okay, so the crowd in Pittsburgh might have been a little cold. But the economy is starting to get red hot…which is why it’s a good idea for Republicans to focus on dollars and sense this fall.