How to build a more resilient future
A lot of what makes America tick has been built in the last century, but a lot of it has also been built by a tiny group of innovators.
The folks who invented a new kind of glass, a new type of cement, a better way to coat an air conditioner, and a way to make solar panels that were more efficient.
And now they are building something that has never been done before: a nation.
“The United States has not built a new nation in nearly two centuries,” President Donald Trump declared on Monday.
It’s been a long journey for the nation’s founding fathers, who set out on the first voyage of the new nation after the Civil War in the early 1600s.
But it’s been one of the most remarkable.
We’re living in a nation that’s been built on the shoulders of the pioneers, the pioneers who were able to build something unprecedented.
We’ve built something that is better than any other nation on the planet, and we’ve done it in a short period of time.
That’s why we are the greatest nation on Earth.
We know this because of the work of these incredible men and women who came here to build our country.
They were not just innovators, they were leaders.
They built our great nation on their own two feet.
They paved the way for a nation of tomorrow, which is what the United States is.
This is the kind of leadership that we need to have in this country, President Donald J. Trump said in a speech on Monday, just hours after the White House unveiled a new $2 trillion infrastructure plan that includes a $50 billion boost for rail, highways, and water and wastewater infrastructure.
Today, we must look forward, not backward.
We must not wait until our next generation to make these hard choices.
We cannot afford to wait another 50 years for a country that can build and maintain a safe, strong, prosperous, and inclusive society.
I want to thank the men and the women who have helped build this nation and who continue to make it the greatest in the world, including the late John L. Logan.
It was Logan who first coined the phrase, “The road to the moon may be long, but the road to prosperity and opportunity is paved.”
We are so proud to be the world’s largest trading nation, with a $12 trillion trade deficit, and one of our most successful companies.
Our nation is the envy of the world.
The United States stands at the epicenter of global trade, and it’s our commitment to open markets, to open up the global economy, and to work with our partners to create a more just and prosperous world that will be a force for good for all of us.
The United Kingdom and Australia are two of the top five economies in the G-7 group of nations.
They are the leaders in the fight against climate change and the protection of our oceans.
Over the years, our trade deficit has been cut by nearly $600 billion, and our economy is growing at a healthy clip.
But our global competitiveness is on the decline, and so are our jobs.
In just the last two years, we’ve seen a lot more progress in getting the economy growing again, and the American people are increasingly optimistic about our future as a global leader.
But we have many long-term challenges to address, including addressing the challenges of climate change, which I know the American public is deeply concerned about, and fighting the epidemic of opioid addiction.
We are the only advanced economy in the industrialized world that doesn’t have to compete for the same jobs as our competitors.
We’re the only country that doesn