President Donald Trump said Tuesday that “very few” jobs will go from manufacturing to packaging manufacturing in his administration’s first 100 days in office.
During a press conference at the White House, Trump was asked about the estimated 3,000 manufacturing jobs that have been lost over the last two decades and whether he would consider eliminating them.
“I would say very few, and it’s very hard to know.
We’ll have to see,” Trump said.”
I have very few people that have lost their jobs.
We’ve made great progress.
But I would say we have a lot of people that haven’t been successful,” he said.
Trump’s comments came as the Trump administration was weighing whether to take action to address the growing problem of plastic pollution.
Trump is scheduled to announce a proposal to boost the use of plastic in the nation’s packaging and other goods on Thursday, including by requiring packaging companies to reuse more plastic in their products and eliminating the requirement that they keep plastic bags out of the landfills.
The president also is expected to propose a new law to ban plastic bags in grocery stores.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The manufacturing industry, which is the backbone of the U.S. economy, employs about 9 million people.