Remarks by President Trump in Strategic and Policy CEO Discussion Thank you all for being here. Very much appreciate it. I want to thank Steve Schwarzman for putting together this very incredible group of world-class business leaders. That's what you are.
BigNews.Biz - Apr 12,2017 - Remarks by President Trump in Strategic and Policy CEO Discussion
Old State Department Library
Eisenhower Executive Office Building
10:55 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all for being here. Very much appreciate it. I want to thank Steve Schwarzman for putting together this very incredible group of world-class business leaders. That's what you are. Also, joining us are Secretary Betsy DeVos, Secretary Wilbur Ross, Secretary Elaine Chao, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, and my budget director, Mick Mulvaney. That's an easy job. Where's Mick? (Laughter.) Such an easy job. It's the easiest job of anybody in the government -- right, Mick?
At the top of our agenda is the creation of great high-paying jobs for American workers. And we've made a lot of process. You see what's going on; you see the numbers. We've created over 600,000 jobs already in a very short period of time, and it's going to really start catching on now, because some of the things that we've done are big league and they are catching on.
Already, we've created more than almost 600,000 jobs. And yesterday, Toyota just announced that it will invest more than $1.3 billion -- it's probably going to be $1.9 billion -- into its Georgetown, Kentucky plant, an investment that would not have been made if we didn’t win the election.
We have a lot of work to do. In the last two decades, our nation has lost a third of its manufacturing jobs, and our business tax is one of the highest in the world. It actually is, of developed countries, the single highest tax anywhere in the world.
For too long, we've punished production in America and rewarded companies for leaving our country. And we're going to reverse that. We would reward companies, give them incentives to leave. NAFTA is a disaster. It's been a disaster from the day it was devised. And we're going to have some very pleasant surprises for you on NAFTA, that I can tell you.
My administration has already taken historic action to unleash job creation. We've signed dozens of bills and executive actions to reduce federal overreach and expand domestic production.
On the environment, we're going to be very, very careful on the environment. It's very important to me and the administration. But we've allowed a lot of companies to go back to work. They were being restricted; their jobs were being restricted. We've unleashed a lot of companies, especially right now in the energy sector -- you see what's going on there. It was impossible for people to do what they had to do, and now they can do it. It's all done.
We’re also working to modernize our economy and harness the full potential of women in the workforce, which is crucial to our economic success. Economic confidence is sweeping the nation. You saw the new survey that came out. It's at 93 -- which is the highest it's ever been -- 93 percent of manufacturers are optimistic about