President Donald Trump, together with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, celebrated recent strides in American manufacturing at Pratt Paper in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on Sunday afternoon, as well as America’s investment partnership with Australia.
The two leaders first were scheduled to tour the new Australian-owned manufacturing facility — a paper manufacturing plant — in the city of Wapakoneta before their remarks to the assembled crowd.
The visit was meant “to demonstrate the strong trade and investment relationship” between the two countries and highlight Trump’s “successful efforts to restore the United States as the world’s leading destination for foreign direct investment.”
On Friday night, before the visit to Wapakoneta, the president and first lady Melania Trump hosted Morrison and his wife, Jennifer, at a state dinner at the White House in Washington, D.C.
“We see the shining example of a future we can bring together,” said Trump in part on Sunday afternoon. “Families are prospering, communities are thriving … our citizens are proud and our nations are greater than ever before,” he said.
“Pratt Industries … he’s a man of his word, he said he would do it and he did it, and he’s going to do more,” said Trump, referring to owner Anthony Pratt and the entire Pratt family who built the facility.
“It felt more like a campaign rally,” said one reporter on Fox News early Sunday evening about the event at Wapakoneta about an hour away from Dayton, Ohio.
Trump had nothing but praise for Australia, saying, in part, the “U.S. knows no greater ally.”
Many veterans had a chance to be hired by this new facility and were present on Sunday afternoon.
Before the Ohio visit, Trump spent some time in Houston, Texas, earlier on Sunday — and while there, met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Despite trade tensions, the two reportedly demonstrated unity between the world’s two largest democracies, as Fox8.com noted. The president “highlighted the growth of U.S. exports to India and how India has spent billions on American-made defense equipment and joint military exercises with New Delhi.”
See more about the event in Ohio below — and share your thoughts.
Our POTUS is always so very gracious in thanking everyone working hard at Pratt Industries & all T/Veterans working at Pratt as well -Awesome President always out & working non-stop for our great country 🇺🇸👍💪👏🙏⚓️ #2020KAG
— Wendy Romano (@wendy1231) September 22, 2019
#BREAKING: Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President Donald Trump are right now speaking with Australian billionaire Anthony Pratt, touring the floor of his new cardboard factory in Ohio. #9News pic.twitter.com/AlfH0HsE9r
— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) September 22, 2019
— Katharine Murphy (@murpharoo) September 22, 2019