President Donald Trump visited Tampa Bay Technical High School this evening, where extolled the virtues of a vocational education under his administration.
“There has never been a better time to learn a trade, hone a skill, or pursue your dreams,” he said, touting the latest GDP and trade deficit reduction numbers. He also noted his administrations pledge to American workers, investment from the private sector, and the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
“When we invest in our workers, we are investing in our people, we are investing in our communities, and we are investing in the American dream,” he said.
Trump was introduced by daughter Ivanka, whom he praised for her “incredible leadership” with workforce development initiatives. He also lavished praise on Rep. Matt Gaetz and Gov. Rick Scott, as well as some of the companies in attendance, and also gave a quick shoutout to Sen. Marco Rubio.
The President signed the Perkins Act into law at a ceremony behind closed doors earlier today but signed a copy of the legislation at the high school event.
Trump called a Tampa Bay Tech graduate and a current student to the stage to share their stories. The graduate, David Thompson-Calderon, said he was making six figures at the age of 24. The current senior, Isabella Cruz, joked that she was also a president — of the schools architecture club. Both students received pens from the ceremonial signing.
Trump is now en route to a campaign rally.