Several of Trump's key economic advisers, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, attended a February 23rd event, which the White House called a "listening session."
Vice President Pence, several other Cabinet members and top advisers were also in the room with the 24 manufacturing CEO's. Trump told the executives that he would bring "many millions" of jobs back to the United States and said that he would be addressing the $60 billion trade deficit with Mexico. He said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on a "tough trip" in Mexico.
After the group discussion, attendees split into four breakout sessions run by administration officials: tax and trade, regulatory reform, infrastructure, and the workforce of the future.
"The U.S. economy lost 6 million manufacturing jobs from 2000 to 2010, roughly one-third of its total, in part due to offshoring, but the sector has added 900,000 jobs since then," Reuters reported, citing the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Some of the manufacturing companies represented were Ford, Dell, GE, Emerson Electric, Johnson and Johnson. For a full detailed list of attendees, visit http://www.businessinsider.com/ceos-met-trump-american-manufacturing-2017-2/#marillyn-hewson-chairwoman-president-and-ceo-of-lockheed-martin-5.