President Trump Remarks During Energy and Infrastructure Event in Texas (Video and Transcript)…

Earlier today President Trump delivered remarks during an energy and infrastructure event in Crosby, Texas. [Video and Transcript]


[Transcript] – 4:07 P.M. CDT – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you very much. (Applause.) And one of my all-time favorite governors is right here. Greg, thank you very much. Greg Abbott. (Applause.) Great, great job.

I’m thrilled to be here in Crosby, Texas, with the incredible members of the International Union of Operating Engineers. (Applause.) I know you well. I know you well and I also know who most of you voted for, and I appreciate it. (Laughter.)

When our nation builds and maintains pipelines and pumps, oil rigs and runways, bridges and boilers, operators get the job done with unmatched excellence and skill. There is nobody like you. Nobody. (Applause.)

With the help of the incredible workers in this room, the United States is now the number-one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world, anywhere on the planet. (Applause.) Not even close. Made a lot of progress in the last two and a half years, haven’t we? Huh? Took down a lot of barriers. A lot of barriers to production and to the pumping. So many different things.

I just met some of your folks outside; they gave me a little lesson. I didn’t learn a lot, but I didn’t know they could lay as much pipe as that and so fast, Jim, right? So fast. Incredible.

There’s no — nobody in the world can do what you folks do. (Applause.) We’re going to make it easier for you.

So, in a few moments, I will sign two groundbreaking executive orders to continue the revival of the American energy industry and jobs.

My action today will cut through destructive permitting delays and denials. You know about that? You know about delays — (applause) — where it takes you 20 years to get a permit? Those days are gone. Now, you may not get it at all, but it’s going to take — going to be quick if you don’t. It’ll be quickly missed. You know they say, “Miss it quick.” Do you ever hear that? “Miss it quick.” But that’s not going to happen too often.

So that you can get to work producing the energy and the infrastructure our country needs to thrive and compete and to win. All over the world, we’re winning. Our country is respected again. (Applause.) Respected again.

So we’re pleased to be joined by your great union leadership, General President, a friend of mine, Jim Callahan. He knows all my friends back in New York. (Applause.) Big Jim. And your General Secretary-Treasurer, Brian Hickey. Brian? (Applause.)

As I’ve said from day one, American labor will always have a friend in the White House. You know that. I’ve proven that. Jobs are at an all-time high in the history of our country. Unemployment is at a 51-year low. The unemployment in our country — and we will soon break the all-time record. African American, Asian American, Hispanic American — all-time historic lows. We’re doing well. We’re doing well. And we’re going to keep it going because we believe in two fundamental rules: Buy American and hire American. Okay? (Applause.)

I introduced your great governor, Greg Abbott. And we love Greg. He’s been so incredible. So incredible in so many ways.

And my friend — his friend and my friend, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. What a job he’s done. (Applause.) Dan. Thank you, Dan. Thank you, Dan. And his son is doing a fantastic job, too. Thank him for me, please.

And Texas Attorney General — somebody that wins a lot of lawsuits on your behalf — Ken Paxton. (Applause.) Ken? Thank you, Ken.

And Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette. Dan. (Applause.) Dan. Thank you, Dan. Thanks, Dan. Thank you.

As well as Representatives Pete Olson, Randy Weber, and Brian Babin. (Applause.) Thanks, fellas. They help a lot. I’ll tell you, those three guys.

AUDIENCE: (Inaudible), Mr. President!

THE PRESIDENT: (Laughs.) Thanks also to Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush for being here. (Applause.) Where’s George? Where is George? Come here, George! This is the only Bush that likes me. (Laughter.) This is the only one. Can we — come here. I want to meet you. He’s a friend of my son and he’s a great guy. Truly, this is the Bush that got it right. (Laughter and applause.) Good guy. I like him. I like him. He’s going far. He’s going places. Thank you, George.

Here at the IUOE International Training and Education Center, operators are perfecting their skills on cranes and pipelifters, sidebooms, and angle dozers. I just saw them all outside. I’d love to work — I used to work machines. I’d work them — my father would have a job — when I was very young. I won’t say it because they’ll report me. (Laughter.) But I was much too young to work a machine. But I used to work a machine. And then, I used to love the D10s. Now they make D12s. You don’t get too many of them, but they still make them. Right?

Under this administration, we have ended the war on American energy like never before. Nobody believed that this was going to happen. (Applause.) And we put thousands and thousands of patriotic union members like you to work building our energy future.

Since the election, we have created more than 5.5 million new jobs, and more than 60,000 brand new oil and gas pipeline construction jobs. We approved the Keystone Pipeline almost on day one. (Applause.) And we got the Dakota Access Pipeline out of a lot of trouble. They had built it, but they had a little problem. They had a river and they didn’t have that permit. I gave it to them. I gave it to them. (Applause.) So we got that open. That was 40,000 jobs, between the two of them.

We withdrew the United States from the one-sided Paris Climate Accord, where you don’t do any more drilling for oil and gas. (Applause.) That was going to cost us a lot of money. No more oil and gas with the Paris Accord. That’s good for Paris, but that’s not good for us. Right?

And we’re replacing the previous administration’s job-crushing Clean Power Plan and putting our miners back to work. And they’re back to work all over the country. It’s incredible what’s happened with the miners and with steel — with steel. (Applause.) Right now, they’re building many, many steel plants. All of them — Nucor, U.S. Steel — they’re building many plants. They hadn’t built a plant in 40 years.

We finally opened ANWR in Alaska. I don’t know if you like that. Yeah, you liked that. You liked that. (Applause.) A little competition. We’ve got to give them — George, we have to give them a little competition here, right?

But that was something — I don’t know if you know — that they’ve been trying to get that approved since Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan tried it. They all tried to get ANWR done. And I had it in a plan; I was close to getting it done. Then I didn’t like somebody or something that somebody did. I said, “Let’s take it out of the plan. Why should we do it?”

Then a friend of mine, who’s in the oil business, called. Unrelated. Didn’t have anything to do with it. He says, “Is it true that you’re going to get ANWR?” And I said, “Yeah, I can get it. I don’t know. I think I’m not going to, though. They don’t appreciate it. They don’t appreciate it at all.” He said, “Aw, that’s too bad because, you know, everybody from Ronald Reagan all the way up to you couldn’t get it done.” I said, “Really? Oh.” I called up, “Put that back in the plan.” (Laughter.) You know, that was just a competitive thing, right? “Put it back.” (Applause.)

So we put ANWR back, and that’s one of the biggest in the world. So it’s going to be something very special. A lot of you folks are going to be there.

We’ve added more than 450 oil and gas rigs nationwide. And that number is going up very substantially and rapidly, right? Rapidly.

Here in Texas, we’ve have nearly doubled the number of land rigs, and crude oil production has reached a record high — highest in the history of Texas. And if I get you the pipelines, which I will — you know, they’ve been trying to get these pipelines — how many years, Governor? Ten, twelve, fifteen — how many?


THE PRESIDENT: Too long. And we’re going to try and do it in six months. Is that okay? We’ll try. EPA. (Applause.) And that means jobs, jobs, jobs. And that’s a lot of jobs, and it’s a lot of additional product. It’s a lot of stuff.

At the same time, we’re strongly protecting the environment. We have to protect the environment. The United States has among the very cleanest air and water developments in the world. And also we have the cleanest air and water, they say, in the world. We are the best. And you want that and I want that. I want clean air and beautiful, crystal-clean water. Right? We want that. (Applause.) People don’t understand that about us. They don’t understand that. (Applause.)

And we also have, right now, the strongest, by far, economy anywhere in the world. We’re the envy of the world.

And we’re negotiating deals with China, with Mexico, with Canada. And many of them already negotiated. We have others to go, but we’re doing a great job. The trade deals — we were being taken advantage of. You would not believe. Yeah, you would believe. You guys understood it. You understood it better than the politicians. You understood it better than the people that used to stand here.

But too often, badly needed energy infrastructure is being held back by special interest groups, entrenched bureaucracies, and radical activists. Shocking to hear that, isn’t it? (Laughter.) So true.

For example, this past winter, Americans in New England — New England, great place — paid up to four times more than nearby Pennsylvania to heat their homes.

And also, in New York, they’re paying tremendous amounts of money more for energy to heat their homes because New York State blocked a permit to build the Constitution Pipeline. It’s a pipeline that goes across. And we actually buy a lot of oil from other countries like Russia because we aren’t being permitted to build a pipeline through New York State. How about that? Not too good.

This obstruction does not just hurt families and workers like you; it undermines our independence and national security. The two executive orders that I’ll be signing in just a moment will fix this, dramatically accelerating energy infrastructure approvals. So we’re going to get these approvals done quickly.

We need help with New York. New York is hurting the country because they’re not allowing us to get those pipelines through, and that’s why they’re paying so much for their heating and all of the things that energy and our energy produces. So hopefully they can come on board and get in line with what’s happening.

They also have a lot of energy under their feet, and they refuse to get it. And people are living up there, not doing well with jobs. It’s not a good situation. But it’ll change.

My first order will speed up the process for approving vital infrastructure on our nation’s borders, such as oil pipelines, roads, and railways. It will now take no more than 60 days. That’s a vast improvement. And the President, not the bureaucracy, will have sole authority to make the final decision when we get caught up in problems. (Applause.) We’ll do what’s right.

My second order will modernize regulations for LNG export terminals and encourage new infrastructure financing. It will improve access for workers and operators to maintain electrical lines. And finally, it will stop state-level abuse of water quality certifications — they abuse you; when you’re nowhere near water, they abuse you — from blocking the construction of vital pipeline projects as we rebuild our energy infrastructure. And it will be like never before. It’s already — look at what’s happened over the last two years.

Now is also the time to train even more. American workers are going to perform their job better and better. Places like this — what a job you’ve done here, Jim. I just met your people. What a job you’ve done. (Applause.) What a job. Incredible.

And you know what else? I just met them, and they also love what they do. If I say, “I’ll trade places: You can have a beautiful apartment on Fifth Avenue, and I can work teaching pipelines or helping.” You know what? They would not switch with me, would they? (Laughter.)

And as far as the White House is concerned, they definitely wouldn’t switch. (Laughter and applause.) The apartment, maybe close. But the White House, I don’t know. But we’re having a good time. We’re doing better.

The country has never done like it’s doing right now. Never had an economy like it. It’s never done. (Applause.)

And, you know, the world took advantage of us in so many ways, but certainly on trade. And that’s coming to a halt. They understand that. They understand. They understood what was happening, and they don’t even blame me. And I don’t blame them. I don’t blame China for taking out $500 billion a year. Five hundred billion dollars. How about that? That wouldn’t happen if you were negotiating.

You almost say, “Who were these people that were making this whole — letting this happen?” And I said to President Xi of China, “I don’t blame you. I blame the people that were in my position.” But those days are over. I said that. Those days are over. And we’re in the process of doing a reasonable deal. (Applause.)

But this is all why we launched the Pledge to American Workers, and our partners have committed to providing more than 6.7 million training and enhanced career opportunities to their American workforce. We’ve done an incredible job. My daughter, Ivanka, she worked so hard on it. Walmart and all of the big companies have just stepped up, and they’re doing an incredible job hiring people.

So I’m proud to announce that the International Union of Operating Engineers signed the pledge today and committed to train almost 550,000 Americans for the jobs of tomorrow. (Applause.) Big. That’s pretty good, Jim. That’s pretty big. That puts you up there with the biggest companies in the world, Jim. I’m impressed. You’ve come a long way, huh? (Laughter.)

With us today is Brandon Cooper, from the Operating Engineers Local 3. Brandon, come on up. He lost his job a few years ago and came here to learn about pipeline construction. Brandon? Where’s Brandon? Where is Brandon? Come here, Brandon. Say a few words, Brandon. Maybe you’ll be a politician, who knows? (Applause.)

MR. COOPER: I’ve worked in construction for years. I’ve been a member of Local 3 of California for over a decade, doing utility work, grading — a little bit of everything. But I’ve never worked in a pipeline industry and I needed training.

You can fake — you can’t fake your way through things in this industry. You have got to produce or you’re gone. Any contractor will let you go at a drop of a hat if you’re not making money.

It’s funny — the pipeline industry has a totally different language. Despite working in the industry for years, I didn’t know the lingo. Their terminology is different than the rest of the industry. With the union, you have that opportunity to expand your skills. I didn’t used to be proficient on all the equipment until I got in the union.

Union training opportunities have given me a chance to better my operating engineer — making more money, building retirement, security, and having good healthcare. This opportunity at this International Training Center is going to pay my dividends. It has been a great experience.

We appreciate what you’re doing, President Trump, to grow this industry. Thank you. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Good job. Good job, Brandon. Thank you very much.

I also want to introduce the great Larry Kudlow. Please. He wanted to be here today. (Applause.) I said, “You don’t have to come, Larry.” He said, “This is very important.” Larry Kudlow, thank you.

So now, more than ever, our nation needs dedicated operators like all of you. With incredible grit and talent and spirit, you lay the pipes that power our industries, you raise the beams that build our skyscrapers, and you are the men and women who get up every day and make this country run and, frankly, make this country great. You do a great job. (Applause.)

And what you understand better than anyone is you take pride in your work, and our nation will always take pride in you. We have great respect for the work you do, believe me.

To all of the talented operating engineers: Thank you for inviting me here today. It was very special. I know so many in this world, as Jim learned in the plane. He got to be on Air Force One today. He was very proud. (Applause.) We took a couple of pictures with that big plaque behind us. He was very happy. Huh? (Laughs.) Thank you, Jim.

And thank you to the extraordinary devotion of all of you to our country. Together, we are making America stronger and prouder and greater than ever before.

God bless you all. And God bless America. Thank you. (Applause.)

Should I sign it?


(The executive order is signed.)

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Thank you, folks. (Applause.)

END 4:28 P.M. CDT

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55 Responses to President Trump Remarks During Energy and Infrastructure Event in Texas (Video and Transcript)…

  1. Sloth1963 says:

    Gas that’s not derived from cow farts? No way. 🙂

    Liked by 8 people

  2. Janice says:

    So Blessed to live in these prosperous winning times! MAGA KAG!

    Liked by 12 people

  3. Robert Smith says:

    I wish Trump could be out among the working people all the time instead being among the parasite-class in DC.

    Liked by 11 people

  4. stats guy says:

    ‘I’d love to work — I used to work machines. I’d work them — my father would have a job — when I was very young. I won’t say it because they’ll report me. (Laughter.) But I was much too young to work a machine. But I used to work a machine. And then, I used to love the D10s.’

    This is why they hate him. He actually identifies with the people who work…and not chatter all day long. The flimflam pols pushing this or that agenda to make themselves powerful and rich are dime a dozen in DC. They don’t build anything, they just talk.

    Liked by 15 people

  5. mopar2016 says:

    That part where he calls George P. Bush to come up on stage was pretty funny.
    “The only Bush that likes me”.
    Wonder what papa Jeb thought about that.

    Liked by 13 people

  6. stripmallgrackle says:

    I’m With Her – Clinton campaign slogan 2016
    I’m With You – Trump campaign slogan 2020

    One word makes all the difference in the world. Her slogan tells everyone just how important she really thinks they are. So does Donald Trump’s.

    Liked by 17 people

    • sturmudgeon says:

      “Her slogan tells everyone just how important she really thinks they are.”
      “just how important she thinks SHE is” There, I’ve fixed it for you.

      Liked by 6 people

    • Marc says:

      Don’t forget the early primary slogan “Ready for Hillary”. It was all about her and ‘making history’.

      Liked by 3 people

      • stripmallgrackle says:

        There were six or seven slogans total, maybe more. I googled slogans but didn’t do a count on her list. I think after she picked one she’d keep looking for another that had the “hook”.

        One more thought on “I’m With Her”. I know it’s a play on words, something a husband or boyfriend says, and it was supposed to communicate togetherness (again, with that forced sincerity). NPR, no doubt, gave time to guests who were experts on political messaging to explore the nuances of the phrase, and marvel at the cleverness. Liberals who have made careers out of telling the world what they think are never at a loss for words when it comes to marveling at the cleverness of themselves and their peers.

        But did it ever occur to anyone on the campaign that the first association some voters might make is with the old T-shirt with the arrow that says, “I’m with Stupid”? Most of the slogans on her list, 2012 included, just have a tinge of tone deafness to them.

        And the left still obsesses over their image of Trump as “unfit” and “unqualified”, shrieking in horror at his Presidency as if it escaped from Victor Frankenstein’s laboratory.

        The man who ran on the simple, direct, inspiring, and mission specific message that he captured in MAGA, without the need to test it first in a comprehensive focus group study. The man who now says, “I’m With You”. The man who can show us what he’s done to implement the promises he made in 2016. The promises he made to us, that were about us, and for us.

        Yeah. This guy is the real deal. He’s with us, 24/7/365.

        Liked by 5 people

  7. iwasthere says:

    Good Lord, greatest President of my lifetime. When he is around with the builders and workers – takes him like 2 seconds to bond, and the love is real. The Lima, Oh Tank factory speech was pretty good too. The man is ‘woke’ to the shaft DC has been giving the ‘wealth creators’ for the last 50 years.

    Liked by 13 people

  8. Risa says:

    I have a family member who works for a major independent Oil and Gas company in Houston.
    He LOVES President Trump.

    Liked by 11 people

    • Risa says:

      His wife cautioned him about being so vocal at work about loving Trump. He responded by informing her, “Everyone at work loves Trump!”.

      He used to consider himself a Democrat.

      Liked by 5 people

      • stripmallgrackle says:

        He’s actually polling fairly well among democrats, for a republican. You didn’t mention what your husband’s work enva ironment is, but I think it’s safe to say Trump has absconded with the democrat’s union voters. The work Trump has done on trade agreements has, in just two years, accomplished something democrats have been promising the trades for generations, and which they’ve intentionally failed to deliver on at least since Bill Clinton’s presidency. Trump has made “Bed American, Buy American” the cornerstone of US trade policy, and the unions have taken notice. It’s what they’ve been telling everyone else since the US economy opened up to Asia.

        No more dumping subsidized products. No more tariff and tax protection for US companies that manufacture overseas. No more BS about “service economies” being the natural evolution of industrial economies.

        No more democrat lock on the union vote. Another happy ending.

        Liked by 4 people

        • woodstuff says:

          “service economies” I never really figured out what that meant.


          • PoCoNoMo says:

            Maybe somebody else can come up with a better explanation than mine, just what I managed to pick up from context here and there. I remember Obama saying, (after almost all our manufacturing jobs were shipped overseas) that it ain’t gonna be like it used to be, so get used to it folks, ’cause service industry jobs is what your gonna have to get used to from now on….to me, it seemed he was trying to lower everybodys expectations commensurate to his performance…

            So, I think it was supposed to mean, people performing services like in restaurants, hotels, and gas stations, housekeepers, gardeners, etc. – in other words, in the future, since we’re not making things, we have to do things, and count on tourism and vacationers for our income. Sort of like getting out of college with degree, look forward to taking hotel reservations. Of course for most people, service industry jobs means cobbling together 2 or 3 jobs with no benefits, but hey, whatevs, right?

            I don’t know who was supposed to be touring all over throwing their money at waiters; maybe the financial sector throwing around money they were sloshing around in on Wall Street; their incomes from derivatives & other ‘financial instruments’?

            Liked by 2 people

            • woodstuff says:

              PoCoNoMo, Good answer. I’ve been hearing this “service economy” crap since the 90’s and I always wondered what life would be like without manufacturing, which is my thing.

              I’ve always been patriotic and always endeavored to buy American. Today, it’s very hard and overly expensive to find Made In USA necessities for my home or business.

              Manufacturing may be getting started here again, but it will take a while before we see the results on the shelves of our stores. I remain optimistic and have hope that positive results will occur during my lifetime (70 now).

              Liked by 1 person

  9. Trent Telenko says:

    I am always amazed at how at ease the President is with builders.

    Liked by 6 people

  10. California Joe says:

    The Dakota Access Pipeline was blocked by Obama because Warren Buffet owns the railroad that was transporting 500,000 barrels of oil a day over 700 miles. The completion of the pipeline rendered the railroad line useless! Obama was protecting one of his and the Democrats most generous benefactors…Warren Buffet

    Liked by 11 people

  11. Lou Zimmer says:

    Trump is creating a whole new party. Center left and center right is Trumps sweet spot.

    Liked by 4 people

  12. Maquis says:

    God Bless President Trump.

    Liked by 5 people

  13. GB Bari says:

    Great speech. PDJT had them revved up.

    He says –
    My first order will speed up the process for approving vital infrastructure on our nation’s borders, such as oil pipelines, roads, and railways. It will now take no more than 60 days. That’s a vast improvement. And the President, not the bureaucracy, will have sole authority to make the final decision when we get caught up in problems. (Applause.) We’ll do what’s right.

    That’ll absolutely send the Leftwing bureaucrats, who’ve forever used their unelected positional power to delay these projects indefinitely, into fits of rage and delirium.

    My level of Schadenfeude at their dismay will be sinful.

    Liked by 7 people

    • WSB says:

      This was extraordinary!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Cliff Indiana says:

      How much you want to bet that was caculated to get those bureaucrats to quit? Genius!


      • GB Bari says:

        Get them to quit? Wow that would be awesome. The limited exposure I had to bureaucrats during my career (I personally had to deal with members of four different federal agencies since my company was a major contractor) taught me that a lot of government bureaucrats usually are not ready to carry their weight in a for-profit organzation where a broad range of skills, physical and mental energy, dedication to productivity, and above all elseflexibility is paramount for success.


  14. YUGE: POTUS just took back Presidential Authority for Interstate Pipeline Approvals.

    We didn’t elect bureaucrats to make National Security Decisions.

    Energy Security is National Security!!!

    Liked by 15 people

  15. President Trump had redefined the Mission of Government:

    Make America the most hospitable place on the planet to do business.
    • Opening unimagined opportunities,
    • Taking complexity, cost and time out of the process and
    • Getting Government the hell out of the way.

    Liked by 8 people

  16. America’s Oil & Gas Rig Count has nearly DOUBLED in the 2 years since President Trump began reopening our Energy Sector.

    Liked by 8 people

  17. Landslide says:

    Before this event, he was in San Antonio for a fundraiser. Here is an article and short video. Watch as a veteran gets choked-up when asked by a reporter why he supports PDJT. 👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻🇺🇸

    Liked by 7 people

  18. mr. deacon says:

    Key point! New York blocks pipelines. Where do they get their energy? Russia! Obama and the Global leftists want this for all America. Climate Change is all about hamstringing U.S. energy and allowing Russian and Middle Eastern companies access.

    Liked by 5 people

  19. Troublemaker10 says:

    Liked by 6 people

  20. lemmonee says:

    Blue collar workers and oil field workers doesn’t get anymore American than that.

    Liked by 2 people

  21. Dee Paul Deje says:

    “I know you well and I also know who most of you voted for, and I appreciate it.” (despite what your union leadership told you to do)

    Liked by 2 people

  22. Dee Paul Deje says:

    What a contrast that video is to this one, a blue collar worker gives it to sparkle socks as his policies turn a great country into a 3rd world shiitehole:

    Liked by 2 people

  23. Arrest Soros says:

    I love this man’s honesty.
    He tells the story of changing his mind on ANWAR because he didn’t like something somebody said. But then when he hears from a friend that no president back to Reagan could get it done, he changes his mind again because he is competitive.
    You’ll never get this level of open honesty from any politician anywhere in the World.
    You…my American cousins….are so lucky to have this man lead your nation.
    God Bless This Man.

    Liked by 2 people

  24. SteveT says:

    I always feel that there is a crucial point that is never hammered home when talking about the new jobs created.
    Not enough, if anything, is made about the fact that virtually all the new jobs are self financing from the profits made, whereas most of previous administrations jobs were substantially due to government support/subsidy and therefore paid for by the taxpayers.
    President Trump’s new jobs (from profits) are sustainable, government subsidies (by taxpayers) are not.


    Liked by 3 people

  25. covfefe999 says:

    Well I did not expect to have to use a kleenex while watching this one. I love my President. He’s a worker.

    Liked by 1 person

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