When President Donald Trump met with manufacturing executives at the White House on Friday, he had more to celebrate than just the approaching weekend.
He additionally had a new survey by the National Association of Manufacturers that showed over 93 percent of respondents were confident in their company’s outlook and almost 60 percent thought the country was going in the right direction.
Needless to say Trump — being the reserved man that he is — didn’t tout the results of his successes in his brief time in office. Instead, he chose to be subtle and…nah, I’m just kidding. He promoted the hell out of it. And why not?
“Your survey shows that 93 percent of manufacturers now have a positive outlook on the future of their business in this country,” Trump said, according to The Daily Caller. “Ninety-three percent, and it was, just a few months ago, 56 percent.”
“That’s a slight difference,” Trump said to laughs and cheers.
“That’s a 20-year record high,” Trump added. “The highest it’s been in 20 years, and it is going higher.”
“The manufacturers are really starting to invest big money in a lot of things that are happening. It’s a new surge in optimism sweeping across the land. There is a vote of confidence in the plan to bring back jobs, lower taxes and provide a level playing field for our workers.”
Jay Timmons, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, also talked at the meeting.
“Manufacturers of all sizes are now less concerned about the business climate going forward because they are counting on President Trump to deliver results,” Timmons said. “Small manufacturers — more than 90 percent of our membership — are among the hardest hit by regulatory obstacles.”
“Regulatory costs for small manufacturers with fewer than 50 employees total almost $35,000 per employee per year — money that could otherwise go to creating jobs. It’s encouraging to see an administration so focused on providing regulatory relief to spur manufacturing growth.”
This dovetails nicely with big wins in both jobs and the consumer confidence index that have given lie to the myth that a Trump presidency would mean an almost instant cratering of the American economy. On the contrary, things seem to have gone quite nicely so far — and Trump is certainly not afraid to point that out.