Speaking during a rally outside the closed Osram Sylvania light-bulb factory in New Hampshire Thursday, Donald Trump veered from his comments about free trade to offer up a joke about Mexico.
"Mexico, and I respect Mexico, I respect their leaders, what they’ve done to us is incredible," Trump told the crowd, as a plane flew overhead. "Their leaders are so much smarter, so much sharper. And it’s incredible."
Trump jokes as plane flies over NH rally: "That could be a Mexican plane up there—they're getting ready to attack." https://t.co/o5lOAeJ8w3— Tré Goins-Phillips (@tregp) June 30, 2016
At that, he pointed to the sky and quipped, "In fact, that could be a Mexican plane up there. They’re getting ready to attack. So that’s the way it is, folks. I just want to say that this is a factory, and the legacy really of Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton because this legacy is largely due, you could actually say entirely due, to NAFTA."
During his speech, the presumptive GOP nominee suggested the shuttered plant is a symptom of the trade deals advocated by both Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, and former President Bill Clinton.
"It’s not very hard to explain. It’s not very hard to understand. What is difficult is to figure out why people did this — why," Trump said while running down a list of jobs lost because of NAFTA and trade normalization with China. "You know, we have expansion plans in this country, we have all sorts of plans, but there’s no expansion. We have job losses and other countries have massive expansion."
The Manchester factory closed its doors in 2014, according to the New Hampshire-based Union-Leader. It is set to be redeveloped as a $60 million shopping complex. But to Trump, the location is an example of the "wreckage of NAFTA and the wreckage of China’s entrance into the World Trade Organizaton."
Trump also discussed trade deficits the U.S. shares with other nations. Speaking about Japan, the billionaire businessman lamented, "They send us millions of cars. We send them beef."
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