Trump visits Wisconsin state battlefield, promotes manufacturing and military investment

President TrumpDonald John Trump: Trump rally triggers quarantine of dozens of Republican Secret Service agents: Trump needs new plan Trump faces ObamaCare court deadline as political terrain changes MORE On Thursday, he traveled to the Wisconsin battlefield, touring a shipyard in Marinette and highlighting his efforts to regain manufacturing jobs and invest in the U.S. Army.

Trump toured the Fincantieri Marinette Marine on Thursday afternoon and saw a model of a Navy ship being built there. He used his comments, delivered outdoors, to highlight a federal contract worth up to $ 5.5 billion awarded to the shipyard to build the US Navy Frigate FFG (X).

“Under this administration, you know that American workers like you are a national treasure,” Trump said in his approximately 30-minute comments.

Trump said the contract would create 9,000 additional jobs in Wisconsin through the supply chain, noting that employees would be “very busy.”

Trump touted the new ships as a blessing to both Wisconsin and the US Navy, claiming that the military had been “exhausted” when he took office due to years of fighting “endless wars,” an ode to his effort to withdraw US troops from protracted conflicts abroad such as the war in Afghanistan.

“Through their sweat, skill, and devotion, the workers at this shipyard will shape the future of the United States Navy,” Trump said. “You will form the ultimate symbol of American power and prestige.”

Trump’s trip to Wisconsin came when polls showed him behind an alleged Democratic candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP: Trump needs a new plan to distract Trump, fuels right-wing violence Biden to accept nomination in Milwaukee amid reduced convention MORE in the state. A Marquette University poll released Wednesday found Biden with 49 percent of the vote and Trump with 41 percent. Trump narrowly led the state during the 2016 Democrats election Hillary clintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton Hill Campaign Report: Progressives Feel the Moment After Primary Night Prince Harry and Meghan Sign With Speech Agency Representing Obama Campaign Communications Director Obama Rejects Survey That Show Biden for 14 PLUS points.

Before Trump visited the shipyard at Marinette, Trump stopped at Green Bay, where he recorded a town hall with the Fox News presenter Sean HannitySean Patrick Hannity Mark Cuban endorses Biden on Hannity: “he really wants to run a country” Fauci gives Congress COVID-19 warning Trump that he is not happy with Fox News: “He wants to be politically correct suddenly” MORE. The segment is slated to air Thursday night on the Hannity show.

Trump also briefly mentioned the new coronavirus during his comments at Marinette’s shipyard, calling it a “horrible virus” that “came from China” and offers an optimistic picture of the road to economic recovery.

The pandemic, which forced a shutdown nationwide, resulted in millions of job losses and thousands of business closings.

Trump has spoken optimistically about the recovery, particularly in the wake of a surprise job report that showed the United States gained jobs during the month of May. The state of the economy is seen as a critical factor in Trump’s re-election effort.

“We are going to have a great third quarter and we are going to have a great next year,” Trump told the crowd on Thursday.

Trump’s remarks came as states across the country face a surge in coronavirus infections after loosening restrictions meant to slow the spread of the virus so that companies can reopen. Early Thursday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) announced that the state would pause its efforts to reopen the economy amid a surge in cases and hospitalizations. Wisconsin is among the states that have seen an increase in cases.

Trump, who has tried to minimize the threat from the virus, repeated his claim that the United States has a large number of cases due to expanded testing capabilities and falsely claimed that the country would have “no case” if it were not tested. during your comments. in Wisconsin

“We have the best testing program in the world, we have almost 30 million tests. That means that we will have more cases. If we didn’t want to do the test, or if we didn’t, we would have no cases, but we have cases because we do the test, ”Trump told the crowd.