President Donald Trump spoke at a North Americaâ€™s Building Trades Union conference Tuesday, touting the importance of the manufacturing and construction industries in his promise to â€œput America first.â€
â€œWe are going to rebuild our nation. Youâ€™re the keepers of the great trades and traditions that built our country,â€ Trump said.
The president talked about protecting U.S. jobs by defending the countryâ€™s borders, as well as the administrationâ€™s proposed infrastructure package, which he said would be â€œan enduring symbol of American strength.â€
â€œIâ€™m calling on all Americansâ€¦to come together [to] take part in the great rebuilding of our country,â€ he said about the $1-trillion+ plan. â€œWe must again summon that...national greatness to meet the challenges of our time.â€
More than 3,000 trade leaders from across the country were in attendance for the speech and the group will be a large part of the construction effort if Trumpâ€™s promised infrastructure bill is approved by Congress.
Trumpâ€™s meeting with union bosses was one of two economy-focused meetings for the president on Tuesday.
During his speech before the trade union, the president promised to eliminate â€œjob killing regulationsâ€ and told workers they will no longer have to wait â€œfor approvals that never come.â€
Earlier in the day in at a town hall with CEOs from more than 50 companies, Trump told the business leaders he would give Dodd-Frank a â€œhaircutâ€ as part of an effort to ease their financial afflictions.
â€œWe are absolutely destroying these regulations that have been placed over your heads,â€ he said.
Some of the big business leaders at the meeting included Citigroup (NYSE:C) CEO Michael Corbat, JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) CEO Robin Hayes, Modellâ€™s CEO Mitchell Modell, NYSE president Thomas Farley and GE (NYSE:GE) vice chair Beth Comstock.