President Trump took aim at 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Tuesday afternoon in a speech about energy infrastructure and economic growth delivered at the Cameron LNG Export Facility in Hackberry, Louisana.
"Beto is falling fast. What the hell happened?" Trump asked
"What happened to him? But he's trying to restart his campaign. That generally doesn't work out too well. Political geniuses, when you have to restart your campaign, history has said that that does not work out well, right? History has said that that's trouble. But he's going to restart his campaign," Trump added.
"Bernie is crazy, but Bernie has got a lot more energy than Biden, so you never know," the president told factory employees. "You know. Bernie's got a lot of energy, but it's energy to get rid of your jobs. He's got the opposite energy that you produce. Not good energy. You don't like his energy. But you know, so it's going to be one of these people. Pocahontas, I think, is probably out."
"Oh, you got some beauties here. 350 million people and that's the best we can do," Trump concluded.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We have the greatest economy in the history of our country. Last month, we created another 263,000 jobs, crushing expectations. The Wall Street geniuses said maybe 160. That's pretty good, by the way. No, we beat it by a lot. And since the election, we created nearly 6 million jobs, including 57,000 new oil and gas pipeline construction jobs.
And in 2018 alone, America added over 150,000 brand new energy jobs. And I told you your great senators that if we get elected, if I win my race and we get it just the way we want it, and I think we're going to win it big, I'm looking at the competition--you sort of dream about competition like that, but who knows. Who knows.
I've got Buttigieg.
I've got them all. I've got Beto. Beto. Beto is falling fast. What the hell happened? Remember about four--four weeks ago he said I was made for this. He was made for it. He was made to fall like a rock.
What happened to him? But he's trying to restart his campaign. That generally doesn't work out too well. Political geniuses, when you have to restart your campaign, history has said that that does not work out well, right? History has said that that's trouble. But he's going to restart his campaign.
But I'm looking at it, I don't know what the hell happened to Biden. What happened to them? I'm looking at him I said that doesn't look like the guy I knew. What happened to him? And Bernie, you know, Bernie is crazy.
Bernie is crazy, but Bernie has got a lot more energy than Biden, so you never know. You know. Bernie's got a lot of energy, but it's energy to get rid of your jobs. He's got the opposite energy that you produce. Not good energy. You don't like his energy. But you know, so it's going to be one of these people. Pocahontas, I think, is probably out.
Oh, you got some beauties here. 350 million people and that's the best we can do.
I don't think so. Even as Democrats, I could pick better than that. In the first quarter of this year, the economy grew at an annual rate of 3.2 percent, smashing projections. Remember, they thought it would be about one. First quarter is always the lowest. They thought it would be about one and then the day of they said, but you know, we're doing really well, but maybe it'll be up to two, maybe 1.5. Right fellas? And then it came out 3.2 and everybody was freaking out except me. I said you know, we're doing really well. And again, the first quarter is always the weakest, almost always it's the weakest quarter.
So 3.2 percent. Now when I ran, they were all saying you can't say 3 percent. And last year we hit 3 percent for the year and we had one month at 4.2 percent. And frankly, if interest rates would come down a little bit, we'd do 5 percent. If I get a little help. I need a little help. I've got to get my little help there. I'm not going to be a wise guy. I want a little help. A little over interest rate, a little quantitative easing just a little bit, we'd hit five. Unemployment is at its lowest rate in 51 years.
African-American, Asian American, and Hispanic American unemployment have reached all-time historic lows. Never lower in the history of our country. So let's say--right?
So let's say I'm on the debate stage and we start talking and I say well, you know, we have the lowest rate ever forever in American, for Asian, for Hispanic. All you have to do is say that and walk off the stage. I guess you win the debate. Who's going to be you on that? In the history of our country, they are the best unemployment rates.
And for the first time in a very long time, wages are actually rising. I would talk during the campaign that people that worked 21 years ago one job would make more than they were making three years ago before I got things going. And they would make more money from 21 years ago than they did three years ago, and they had three years jobs and two jobs. And now they're making money and there also having choice. You know, I got the veterans choice. The first time in 44 years. The veterans have choice.
Where they can go pick a doctor if they have to wait in line for four weeks. They can go pick it a doctor instead of waiting for two days, three days. If they have to wait, they go out, pick a doctor, and we pay the bill. And we actually, I don't want to say because I don't do it for that reason, but we actually saved a lot of money. But we are taking care of our veterans.
But we have the same choice on jobs because now not only are wages rising, but very importantly, you've got a choice of jobs. If you don't like what you're doing, you're going to want to wake up. I do. Despite all of the stuff that we go through and despite being in the swamp of Washington, and it is a swap, but we are knocking the hell out of the swamp creatures, as we call them, we are knocking the hell--
They've never had a time like this. They say what the hell is going on. But I love getting up in the morning. I love what I do because I'm doing a service for millions of people and I love it. What jobs are the same thing. You've got to love it and if you don't love it, get something else. So not only do you have rising wages, you have choice. You can go out if you're unhappy with your job, you don't like the boss, you don't like something, go out and you have six, seven, eight alternatives and you'll find something that you really do love and you really do look forward to waking up in the morning and going to work.