President Trump meets with top US manufacturers

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - FEBRUARY 22: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump discusses the federal budget in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump met Thursday morning, February 23rd with the heads of two dozen manufacturing companies, including Dell, Ford, GE, Emerson Electric and Johnson & Johnson.

Several of President Trump’s key economic advisers, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, attended event, which the White House is calling a “listening session.”

Vice President Pence, several other Cabinet members and top advisers were also in the room with the 24 manufacturing CEOs.

Ivanka Trump also attended, although she does not hold an official position in her father’s administration.

Since winning the presidency, President Trump’s administration has organized meetings with CEOs and manufacturing executives, and has also created economic councils featuring prominent business leaders.

Job losses in manufacturing industries were a central part of President Trump’s campaign, and he promised to bring back work that had been outsourced.

President Trump also threatened to impose tariffs and border taxes on goods brought in from Mexico.

Ford CEO Mark Fields, the head of a company that has been targeted by such threats, will be at Thursday’s meeting. He said after a meeting with President Trump earlier this year that he came away with “a lot of confidence.”