Trump claims credit for Shell plant announced under Obama ,President Donald Trump sought to take credit Tuesday for a major ,
In his latest effort to reinvigorate the Rust Belt support that sent him to the White House. Despite Trump’s claims, Shell announced its plans to build the complex in 2012, midway through President Barack Obama’s term in the White House .
The event was billed as an official White House event, but Trump turned much of it into a campaign-style rally,”I don’t think they give a damn about Western Pennsylvania, do you?” he prodded the crowd.
The facility is being built in an area hungry for investment and employment, though critics claim it will become the
Largest air polluter in western Pennsylvania.Trump contends that America’s coal, oil and manufacturing are reviving and he deserves the credit. And he’s embracing plastic at a time when the world is sounding alarms over its impact.
As for the new complex, he declared, “This would have never happened without me and us.”Trump said of oil and natural gas, proclaiming the employees “the backbone of this country.”
Trump’s appeals to blue-collar workers helped him win Beaver County, where the plant is located, by more than 18 percentage points in 2016,only to have voters there turn to Democrats in 2018’s midterm elections. In one of a series of defeats that led to Republicans‘ loss of the House,
Voters sent Democrat Conor Lamb to Congress after the prosperity promised by Trump’s tax cuts failed to materialize.Today, the much of the area is still struggling to recover from the shutting of steel plants in the 1980s that sent unemployment to nearly 30%.
Trump took credit for the addition of 600,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs. Pennsylvania has lost 5,600 manufacturing jobs so far this year,according to the Labor Department.