Donald Trump took an opportunity, while speaking recently at a conference for the National Association of Business Trade Unions, to publicly double down on his sentiment that his presidency is all about prioritizing the interests of the United States; “America first,” as Trump has said repeatedly.
A noteworthy line from his comments to the assembled, one that captured the attention of media outlets everywhere, including MRCTV, went like this: “I’m not, and I don’t want to be, the president of the world. I’m the president of the United States.”
Trump added that “from now on, it’s going to be America first.”
President Trump campaigned on a largely-populist narrative during his run for the White House, and has taken numerous opportunities in the first months of his presidency to reiterate that it is the well-being of America’s citizens that are his utmost concern, not the well-being of the citizens and governments of other countries.
Acknowledging the professional orientation of the group he was addressing, Trump declared that builders are “artisans” who represent “the backbone of America.”
“With the talent in this room,” Trump said, “we can build any city at any time and we can build it better than anyone.”
Trump made the subject of America’s old and often-failing infrastructure a recurring theme during his campaign, and, presumably as a part of his “America first” agenda, announced back in October an ambitious $1 trillion plan to rebuild it.
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