Trump Thanks Shipbuilders, Welcomes Navy’s Newest Aircraft Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford


President Donald Trump on Saturday presided over the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford, the U.S. Navy’s most advanced carrier in 40 years, during a ceremony at the nation’s largest naval base in Norfolk, Virginia. Speaking from the ship’s massive hangar bay to a crowd of about 6,500 military and civilian attendees, Trump welcomed the carrier into the Navy’s fleet and thanked the thousands of shipbuilders and sailors who helped bring the Ford to life. “As we put this stunning ship into the service of our nation, we must also pay tribute to the thousands of citizens, military and civilian, who helped design and build her. Their love of country has been poured into every rivet and bulkhead on this vessel. You hammered, chiseled, and sculpted this mighty hull,” he said. Hanging above the hangar bay was a “Made in the USA” banner. The White House, as part of its efforts to stimulate the domestic economy, highlighted products made in America. On Friday, Trump ordered a review of the U.S.’s defense industrial base. “American steel and American hands have constructed a 100,000-ton message to the world: American might is second to none, and we’re getting bigger, and better, and
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