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Pool Report #2 transcript
George Condon • National Journal
January 24, 2017: 10:14 AM

Here is a transcript of what the President said in the Roosevelt Room to the auto executives. Notice there is a fuller quote on the "I am an environmentalist" in Pool Report #1.

First one moment of humor. When he asked the executives to go around the table and identify themselves, he said, "I'll start. I'm Donald Trump." It drew laughs from the executives.

Here is what the president said:

"I want to just thank you all for being here. We have a very big push on to have auto plants and other plants, many other plants. You're not being singled out, believe me, Mary, I promise. But you have a lot of plants from a lot of different items built in the United States. And it's happening, it's happening big league. We had Whirlpool up yesterday, we're talking about big construction facilities. And it's not the construction I want although that brings jobs. It's the long term jobs that we're looking for. We're bringing manufacturing back to the United States big league, we're reducing taxes very substantially and we're reducing unnecessary regulations. And we want regulations but we want real regulation that mean something. Mark and I were together yesterday and I think we understand that. We're going to make the process much more simple for the auto companies and for everybody else who wants to do business in the United States. You're going to find this to be from being very inhospitable to extremely hospitable. I think we'll go down as one of the most friendly countries and right now it's not. I have friends that want to build in the United States, they go many, many years and then they can't get their environmental permit over something that nobody ever heard of before. And it's absolutely crazy. I am, to a large extent, an environmentalist, I believe in it. But it's out of control and we're going to make it a very short process. And we're going to either give you your permits or we're not going to give you your permits. But you're going to know very quickly. And generally speaking we're going to be giving you your permits. And it is an honor to be with you today."

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