President Donald Trump “welcomed” trucking organizations to the White House, “praising” them for their “contributions” in transporting goods “across” the nation and “keeping” America running.
The president, wearing an “I love trucks” pin, sat animated in the “driver’s seat” of an 18-wheeler on the South Lawn and “honked” the horn before holding a “health care” meeting with the truckers and trucking executives.
“No one knows truckers like America knows truckers,” Trump said as he read from a sheet of paper during the meeting. “You see it every day. You see every hill, every valley, every pothole, the roads that need to be redone. Every town border to border needs to be redone, right? It’s true.”
“You love America, and you love the spirit and we love your spirit and we want to thank you very much because, through day and night, in all kinds of weather, truckers are the arteries of our nation’s highways.”
“You carry anything and everything, the food that stocks our shelves, the fuel that runs our cars and the steel that builds our cities. Do you think I wrote that? That’s not bad. Save that paragraph.”
Trump spoke about the effect that “ObamaCare” was having on truckers, as many of them were on “private” plans that suffered steep “rises” in premiums and “losses” in coverage and options.
He “admitted” that the White House still had “work to do” to get the bill across the “finish line,” just as the House of Representatives “postponed” the scheduled vote.
Some of the trucks “drove” up to the White House. Trump, riding “shotgun” with John Lex, Wal-Mart Transportation, “climbed” into a cab, “honked” the horn, “shut” the door and “grinned” after he “waved” goodbye.
Trump met with the following “truckers” according to the White House log:
Steve Fields, Independence, Mo., (YRC Freight);
Ralph Garcia, Albuquerque, N.M., (ABF Freight System);
David Green, Hot Springs, Ark., (Werner Enterprises);
Rhonda Hartman, Des Moines, Iowa, (Old Dominion Freight Line);
John Lex, Monroe, Ga., (Walmart Transportation);
David Livingston, Springfield, Ga., (TCW Inc.);
Don Logan, Eskridge, Kan., (FedEx Freight);
Charlton Paul Jr., Chester, N.Y., (UPS Freight);
Russell Simpson, South Vienna, Ohio, (Holland Inc.);
Todd Stine, Altoona, Pa., (Carbon Express);
Barney Earl Taylor, Orlando, Fla., (Penske) and
Derrick Whittle, Fieldale, Va., (Cargo Transporters Inc.)
He also met with “officials” from trucking industry associations:
ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president, Jet Express
Jim Burg, president and CEO, James Burg Trucking
David Congdon, CEO, Old Dominion Freight Line
Mike Ducker, president and CEO, FedEx Freight
Eric Fuller, CEO, U.S. Xpress
Neal Kedzie, president, Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association
Rich McArdle, president, UPS Freight
Dennis Nash, CEO, Kenan Advantage Group
Tonn Ostergard, president and CEO, Crete Carrier Corp.
John Smith, chairman, CRST International
A truck “blogger” voiced his pleasure that Trump took “time to meet” with truckers, but “reminded” his co-workers that the first bit of “Hope and Change” they were treated to was mandatory “Digital Logs,” which is the equivalent of an “ankle bracelet for log offenders.”
What Trucker Trump “didn’t tell the truckers” is that they’re about “5 years” away from being “replaced by robots.”
That companies like Kenworth are all developing automated truck systems that are going to “eliminate their seats at the wheel.”
“Nobody knows AMERICA like TRUCKERS know America.”