President-elect Donald Trump kicked off his “Thank You Tour” Thursday night with a rally at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, the battleground state where he won a crucial election-night victory.
“Because of your hard work, support and prayers, I am deeply humbled that with my family by my side, 50 days from today I will take the oath of office to serve as Vice President of United States of America. I’m here tonight to say thank you, to say thank you for electing a president who will make America great again,” V.P.-elect Mike Pence said before introducing Trump. “Thank you to people of Ohio, to the people of Kentucky, thank you for doing your part to make Donald Trump the next president of the United States of America. He did it and we have you to thank.”
Trump, who walked out to Lee Greenwood’s song “Proud To Be An American,” laid out his plans as to how he will make America great again. “History called and people of this great state answered … Today we made history and now the real work begins that is the second reason that I’m here today, I’m going to discuss the action plan to make America great again. Although we had a lot of fun fighting Hillary didn’t we?” he shared.
“We have so many problems to fix in this country but if we must set aside our differences. We’re a very divided nation, but we are not going to be divided for long, I have always brought people together, I know you find that hard to believe,” Trump continued. “We are going to bring our country back together, and we will get the job done properly. America will start winning again, big league, we will win again. To succeed we need to enlist the help of all Americans. We spend too much time focusing on what divides us now we must focus on what unites us. You know what that is? America.”
Adding, “From now on it’s going to be America first, we’re going to put ourselves first. We seek peace and harmony with the nations of the world.”
Along with highlighting the polling results from the election, PEOTUS also detailed his strategies regarding foreign policy, infrastructure, clean energy, “destroying ISIS” and immigration. “People coming into our country have to be people that have the potential to love us, not to hate us,” he said. And when he shared his ideas on health care reform, Trump was met with roaring applause. “By the way, we are repealing and replacing Obamacare,” he stated.
As for his most senior appointed officers, Trump let a secret slip. “We have a great, great cabinet. Wait ’til you see next week. I don’t want to tell you this because I want to save the suspense for next week,” he began before announcing, “I refuse to tell you so I will not tell you that one of our great, great generals, we are going to appoint [retired Marine Gen. James] ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as our Secretary of Defense.”
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But old campaign-trail tricks die hard as he taunted protestors and attacked the “brutal” media during the rally. During an extended riff focused on the “extremely dishonest press,” Trump chastised news commentators and condemned the “fake news” that circulated during the election.
“How about when a major anchor who hosted a debate started crying when she realized that we won? How about that?” he said, referring to ABC News’ Martha Raddatz. “Tears! And you know what she doesn’t understand? Things are going to be much better now.”
An ABC News spokesperson tells PEOPLE of Trump’s comments, “This is ridiculous and untrue. Martha is tough and fair and not intimidated by anyone.”
Raddatz herself shut down Trump’s claim on Twitter the day after the election:
After calling his election win “our great movement,” PEOTUS concluded his speech: “You are the movement. I’m the messenger. I been a very good messenger. I been a pretty good messenger!”
Trump is expected to continue his thank you tour with stops in other swing states that helped him achieve his surprise electoral vote win. His next stop is tentatively scheduled for Des Moines, Iowa, in early December, transition officials told Bloomberg.
Earlier in the day, Trump and Pence visited Indiana, where they touted the president-elect’s role in convincing air conditioner maker Carrier Corp. to keep jobs in the U.S. rather than outsource them to Mexico as previously planned.
Speaking at Carrier’s Indianapolis plant Thursday afternoon, Trump praised the corporation for the move, while also warning that companies won’t be able to move jobs out of the U.S. “without consequences.”
Carrier previously announced it was negotiating with Trump to keep jobs in the U.S. Trump spokesman Jason Miller told reporters the deal proves the president-elect’s administration “is going to make good on our promises to keep jobs here in America.”
But although the deal will keep about 1,100 jobs in Indiana, it comes at a cost to taxpayers. Carrier confirmed in a statement that the state of Indiana offered the corporation a $7 million package of incentives to keep its Indianapolis factory from moving to Mexico.
Also, The Wall Street Journal reports that Carrier is still planning to move 600 jobs from the plant to Mexico. It will also go ahead with plans to close another Indiana facility that employs around 700 people.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest acknowledged that the deal was “good news” — but said it paled it comparison to President Barack Obama’s “high standard” for creating manufacturing jobs.
“If [Trump] is successful in doing that 804 more times, then he will meet the record of manufacturing jobs that were created in the U.S. while President Obama has been in office,” Earnest said.