(National Sentinel)Â Leadership: President Donald J. Trump told tens of thousands of West Virginians during a rally Thursday night that he will never forget the millions of blue-collar Americans who helped put him in the White House.
While taking credit for the historic rise of the stock market under his watch, Trump made it clear that Main Street, not Wall Street, was most important to him.
He talked about how the stock market has reached â€œyet another all-timeâ€ high during his presidency, â€œboosting the retirement savings, hopefully, of everybody in this room.â€ He then said the unemployment rate is at a 16-year low during his presidency.
However, he added, Washington’s political leaders should never forget that there are tens of millions of hard-working Americans who areÂ the â€œabsolute backbone of Americaâ€ and may not be invested at all in Wall Street.
â€œI will never forget the millions and millions of people out there that want jobs, that donâ€™t register on the unemployment rolls because they gave up looking for jobs,â€ Trump said. â€œSo I accept the [record economic] number, but we all know that there are millions of people out there we loveâ€”the forgotten men and womenâ€”and theyâ€™re looking for jobs.â€
In an interview this week withÂ The Wall Street Journal, which was reprinted in full byÂ Politico, Trump said though he’ll take care of the â€œjob producers,â€ he will also â€œtake care of middle-income people in this country.â€
â€œThey built the country, they started this whole beautiful thing that we have, and we have to take care of them. And people have not taken care of them, and weâ€™re going to,â€ he said.
Trump added that it bothers him when very wealthy Americans pay less in income taxes than working-class Americans, via tax loopholes and other mechanisms.
â€œAnd Iâ€™ll tell you what I sort of donâ€™t like, is when they â€“ you know, youâ€™ll do your charts in The Wall Street Journal, and theyâ€™ll be brilliantly done, very nice, and theyâ€™ll show that a rich guy who made, you know, $25 million last year is going to pay less than [the working-class American] was,â€ Trump said. â€œIn a certain way, I donâ€™t like that.â€