By Damian Paletta and Peter Nicholas
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday said his administration would usher in a new "Industrial Revolution," one of numerous promises he made in Cincinnati as he began a nationwide "Thank You" tour following his Nov. 8 election.
Mr. Trump used the 53-minute speech, the first of its kind since he became president-elect, to reflect on his victory but also to outline a number of goals, many of them lofty, for his term as president.
The speech was more than just thematic, however. He said for the first time that on Monday he would announce that he was nominating Ret. Gen. James Mattis as his first secretary of defense.
Mr. Trump promised sweeping changes totrade policy, national security, infrastructure, military spending and immigration. He said he wanted to work with Democrats but said he could get the work done without them, even without his supporters.
"Now that you put me in this position, even if you don't help me one bit, I'm going to get it done," he said. "Don't worry."
The Cincinnati rally resembled, in some ways, the campaign rallies he held for months as his candidacy gained steam during the year. There were chants of "U.S.A.," and vendors sold Trump campaign memorabilia. But there was one notable difference: with the election over, the crowd was far smaller, and there were many empty seats in the upper deck of the 18,000-seat arena.
During his speech, he stuck to many of his campaign promises. He said a wall would be built along the U.S.-Mexico border. He said his administration would "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. He said the Trump administration would seek plans and deals that benefited Americans first and not get duped into deals with other countries.
"There is no global anthem, no global currency," he said. "We pledge allegiance to one flag, and that flag is the American flag."
Mr. Trump, known for his sweeping rhetoric, made some vows that could be difficult to execute, but he said people have routinely underestimated him in the past. Among them:
-- He said he would rebuild urban areas that are blighted with crime, and said he would make the murder rate fall by changes to law enforcement policies.
-- He said "we will finally end illegal immigration" and "dismantle the criminal cartels, and liberate our communities from the epidemic of gang violence and drugs pouring into our nation."
-- On the economy, he said "we can reverse the stagnation and usher in a period of true opportunity and growth."
Mr. Trump spoke about steep tax cuts and the removal of numerous regulations that he said were stifling growth.
"People are constantly telling me and telling you to reduce our expectations," he said. "Those people are fools. They're fools."
He focused much of his speech on the economy. Mr. Trump had flown to Cincinnati from Indianapolis, where he had announced a new agreement by United Technologies Corp. not to move 800 manufacturing jobs to Mexico. Mr. Trump said decisions like this would be plentiful during his presidency.
"The era of economic surrender is over," he said. "We're going to fight for every last American job. It is time to remove the rust from the rust belt and usher in a new industrial revolution. We're going to do it."
People who turned out to see Mr. Trump at his rally said they were pleased by early moves he had taken, including his push to save some of the jobs United Technologies was planning to move to Mexico.
"The fact that he picked up the phone isenough," said Barry Devine, 62, a retired firefighter from Cincinnati. "He tried. They may lose some jobs up there, but he did save some. It is a positive step."
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
December 01, 2016 22:08 ET (03:08 GMT)
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