WARREN, Mich. (FOX 2) - A big banner read 'Welcome President Trump' hung on the fence outside Dana Incorporated on Thursday. And inside, the president spoke to workers at the auto supplier in Warren.
On the heels of a newly-signed trade deal between the US, Canada, and Mexico, Trump touted jobs, business and more jobs to the workers.
"We're very proud of Michigan. The state is so - it's been so great to me, as you know, we had a big victory in Michigan. I brought a lot of car companies back, a lot of companies are coming back. It's had the best year it's ever had, and we're very proud," Trump said. "We had a lot of car companies coming back into Michigan in addition. So we wanted to come here and really celebrate and that's what we're doing."
The deal overhauls the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement known as NAFTA. The agreement between US, Mexico and Canada is expected to strengthen the auto industry and improve labor relations.
The new trade deal still needs to be approved by Canada before it can take effect.
"Jobs are at a record level all over the country - they're at a record level. But Michigan's now doing great. and you're getting all these car companies coming back to Michigan. That's pretty much what I have to say - nobody can believe it," he said.
Prior to Trump's speech, he also spoke exclusively with FOX 2's Roop Raj in a one-on-one interview.
This is the president's second visit to Michigan in the past few weeks. He was in Battle Creek Dec. 18, which was the night Congress voted for impeachment. This visit comes in the midst of his impeachment trial in the Senate.
Michigan Democrats weren't in agreement with President Trump's message to the auto supply workers Thursday.
"Yet again, Donald Trump is coming to Michigan to tell tall tales of economic success and promises kept,” said MDP Chair Lavora Barnes. “But I can tell you, Michigan voters aren’t buying it. They see the side of our state that Donald Trump refuses to mention. The side he ignores because it tells an inconvenient story of promises made and promises broken. During his campaign, Donald Trump stood here in Warren and told us, ‘if I’m elected, you won’t lose one plant.’ Just last Friday, we learned Michigan lost 5,300 manufacturing jobs in the last year alone. For the 5,300 manufacturing workers in Michigan who lost their jobs last year, these broken promises by Donald Trump are yet more evidence that we cannot afford four more years of this ineffective president.”