President-elect Trump Announces Dow Chemical CEO to Lead Manufacturing Council
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President-elect Donald J. Trump announced that he had chosen Andrew Liveris to be in charge of his American Manufacturing Council during a 7 PM rally in Grand Rapids’ DeltaPlex Arena on Friday, Dec. 9. The President-elect then gave the stage to Liveris, introducing him as “someone committed to returning jobs to the United States of America,” who used the opportunity to announce one hundred new jobs and a state of the art innovation center to be developed in Michigan.
“We could have waited. We could have put it anywhere in the world,” Liveris said. “This decision is because of this man and these policies.”
“It used to be that the cars were made in Flint and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico. Now the cars are made in Mexico and you can’t drink the water in Flint. We’re going to change that,” said Trump.
When faced with protesters, the President-elect mostly remained calm, simply shrugging them off and going on with his speech. As one of the final groups of protesters was escorted out of the arena, however, he retorted “get ‘em out.”
While retelling the story of how he won on Election Day, one state at a time, the crowd began chanting “lock her up,” a common rallying cry referencing Democratic rival Secretary Hillary Clinton in the days and weeks leading up to the election. Trump acknowledged the audience, saying “forget it. That plays great before the election — now we don’t care, right?”
Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos and current front-runner for Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee Ronna Romney McDaniel, both Michigan natives, also took the stage at the rally.
“The answer isn’t bigger control. The answer is local control, it’s listening to parents and it’s giving more choices,” DeVos said. “All I ask for is an open mind and an opportunity to share my heart. Together, let’s make education great again.”
Trump made the visit as a part of his so-called “USA Thank You Tour” across the thirty states which he won, and was his first time visiting Michigan as President-elect of the United States; President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence were last in Michigan for a midnight rally beginning on the eve of the election and stretching into the early morning hours of Election Day. Michigan played a vital role on Election Day, with Trump narrowly beating out Democratic rival Secretary Hillary Clinton to be awarded the state’s sixteen electoral votes, making the state one of three that swung the final results to the real estate mogul.