Trump was supposed to give a speech on energy. He went way off-script.

Trump was supposed to give a speech on energy. He went way off-script.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday headed to a Shell petrochemicals plant being built outside of Pittsburgh to give what was billed by the White House as a speech on “Americas Energy Dominance and Manufacturing Revival.” 

But the hour-long remarks were light on energy policy and heavy on stump speech material and off-script riffs, as Trump touched on everything from his love of trucks to his assessment of his potential 2020 rivals. The meandering speech came on a day when the president had already attacked a CNN anchor, endorsed a controversial World Series heros potential congressional bid and defended his parroting of a conspiracy theory surrounding the apparent suicide of his onetime friend Jeffrey Epstein.

Here are some of Trump's most off-key comments:

On the supposed benefits of natural gas over renewable energy: “When the wind stops blowing, it doesnt make any difference does it? Unlike those big windmills that destroy everybodys property values, kill all the birds. One day the environmentalists are going to tell us whats going on with that. And then all of a sudden it stops. The wind and the televisions go off. And your wives and husbands say Darling, I want to watch Donald Trump on television tonight. But the wind stopped blowing and I cant watch. Theres no electricity in the house, darling.'”

On his construction chops: “I was a good builder. I built good, I love building, in fact Im going to take a tour of the site.”

On doing some campaigning: “Im going to speak to some of your union leaders to say I hope youre going to support Trump, OK? And if they dont, vote em the hell out of office because theyre not doing their job — its true.”

20190813_trump_AP_773.jpgOn his love of trucks: “I love cranes, I love trucks of all types. Even when I was a little boy at four years old, my mother would say, 'You love trucks.' I do, I always loved trucks, I still do. Nothing changes — sometimes you know you might become president, but nothing changes — I still love trucks. Especially when I look at the largest crane in the world, thats very cool. You think Ill get to operate it? Well put the media on it and Ill give them a little ride, right?”

On pundits suggesting he might not leave office willingly: “Can you imagine if I got a fair press? I mean, were leading without it, can you imagine if these people treated me fairly? The election would be over. Have they ever called off an election before? Just said look just lets go, go on, four more years. You wanna really drive them crazy, go to hashtag third term, hashtag fourth term, youll drive them totally crazy.”

On Trumps perceived trade imbalance with Japan: “They send us thousands and thousands — millions of cars, we send them wheat. Wheat. Thats not a good deal. And they dont even want our wheat, they do it because they want us to at least feel that were OK, you know, they do it to make us feel good.” (This assertion is false.)

On the price tag of the presidency: “This thing is costing me a fortune, being president. Somebody said, 'Oh he might have rented a room to a man from Saudi Arabia for $500.' What about the $5 billion that I'll lose — you know, its probably gonna cost me, including, upside, downside, lawyers, because every day they sue me for something. These are the most litigious people. Its probably costing me from $3 to 5 billion for the pleasure of being — and I couldn't care less, I dont care. You know if youre wealthy, it doesn't matter, I just want to do a great job.”

On his pledge to salvage manufacturing jobs: “You guys, I dont know what the hell youre gonna do. You dont want to make widgets, right? You dont want to make — do you want to learn how to make a computer? A little tiny piece of stuff... You put it with those big beautiful hands of yours like… Youre gonna take these big hands, gonna take this little tiny part. Youre gonna go home, Alice this is a tough job. Nah, you want to make steel and you want to dig coal, thats what you want to do!”

On the amount of the press at the event, at about a quarter to 3 in the afternoon: “Thats a lot people back there for like an 11 oclock speech. Thats a lot of people.”

On the Oscars: “Like the Academy Awards during the day. It used to be — you know the Academy Awards is on hard times now, you know that right? Nobody wants to watch it. You know why? Because they started taking us on, everyone got tired of it. Its amazing, that used to be second after the Super Bowl and then all of a sudden now its just another show, because people got tired of people getting up and making fools of themselves and disrespecting the people in this room and the people that won the election in 2016.”

On attacking Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden, potential 2020 rivals: “I did it very early with Pocahontas, I should have probably waited. She's staging a comeback on Sleepy Joe. I don't know who's gonna win, but we'll have to hit Pocahontas very hard again if she does win. But shes staging a little bit of a comeback. What a group. Pocahontas and Sleepy Joe.”

On Mexico deploying soldiers to stem the flow of Central American migrants: “I want to thank Mexico, its incredible. We have close to 27,000, you think of that. We never had three — I think we had about two and a half soldiers, one was sitting down all the time. We had nobody.”


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