Last week, President Trump visited Lima, Ohio. Lima has one other distinguishing feature. It is the home of the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC), the only factory in the United States capable of building main battle tanks. The Trump Administration recognized the need to modernize the Army and simultaneously restore the relevant industrial base and create many hundreds of skilled jobs for American workers. As the President’s trade adviser, Peter Navarro, wrote in the New York Times just before the visit to Lima: “The story of the day may be about how the Trump Administration saved the Lima tank plant from a near-death experience under President Barack Obama.” An equally important story is how the President is working to restore the U.S. military in the face of a growing threat from Russia and China. By visiting Lima and the JSMC, President Trump is signaling his continuing commitment to both American manufacturing and a strong national defense. I have written more about the JSMC and the restoration of American manufacturing here.
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