President Trump regained his unbridled optimism on Friday, meeting with manufacturing executives and touting a new survey from the National Association of Manufacturers.
The survey shows a “bigly” improvement in morale within the American business community.
“(This) survey shows that 93 percent of manufacturers now have a positive outlook on the future of their business in this country,” said the President. “93 percent, and it was, just a few months ago, 56 percent.”
“That’s a slight difference,” he then joked to laughter and applause.
NAM president Jay Timmons, who attended Trump’s Friday meeting, attributed the boost to Trump’s focus on addressing overbearing regulations and red tape.
“Regulatory costs for small manufacturers with fewer than 50 employees total almost $35,000 per employee per year — money that could otherwise go to creating jobs,” Timmon said. “It’s encouraging to see an administration so focused on providing regulatory relief to spur manufacturing.”