Thursday morning, President Trump held a “listening session” with 24 CEOs from many of the nation’s largest manufacturing companies.
Vice-President Pence was also on hand for the meeting, as well as White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner – Trump’s son-in-law – and his daughter, Ivanka.
“Today we have 24 CEOs from the largest manufacturing companies in the country and even in the world. They represent–people in this room–nearly $1 trillion of sales and two million employees, large majorities of which are in the United States. They share our commitment to bring manufacturing back and to create jobs in this country,” Trump stated at the beginning of the meeting.
A full transcript of the meeting is posted on the White House website. The CEOs attending included:
- Ken Frazier – Merck & Co., Inc.
- Mark Fields – CEO of Ford Motor Company
- Denise Morrison – Campbell Soup company
- Greg Hayes – United Technologies, the parent company of Carrier
- Lee Styslinger – Altec, Inc.
- Alex Gorsky – Johnson & Johnson
- David Farr – Emerson of St. Louis
- Doug Oberhelman – Caterpillar
- Jim Kamsickas – Dana Incorporated
- Mario Longhi – U.S. Steel
- Jeff Fettig – Whirlpool Corporation
- Marilyn Hewson – Lockheed Martin
- Jiff Immelt – General Electric
- Bill Brown – Harris Corporation
- Weldell Weeks – Corning, Inc.
- John Ferriola – Nucor Corporation
- Don Althoff – Veresen, Inc.
- Mark Sutton – International Paper
- Keith Leimbach – LiveOps
- Andrew Liveris – Dow Chemical
- Inge Thulin – 3M
- Michael Dell – Dell Technologies
- Phebe Novakovic – General Dynamics
- Juan Luciano – Archer Daniels Midland
After the meeting, several of the CEOs spoke with reporters. Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris said they were “very encouraged” by Trump’s pro-business agenda.
“Some of us have said this is probably the most pro-business administration since the founding fathers. There is no question that the language of business is occurring here at the White House,” he added.
Below is a video of the beginning of the meeting, which included the President’s initial comments, and introductions of all the CEOs.
When General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt addressed Trump, he was asked to tell the story of when President Trump made a hole-in-one while golfing, in a humorous exchange that had the whole group laughing.
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