Kirsters Baish| President Donald Trump was the host to some very powerful leaders of the business world for the Pledge to America’s Workers Event, which was host at the White House on Thursday. Among those attending the event were business leaders and industry representatives. They were there to talk about their pledges in order to heighten job training and programs built for hiring purposes.
Throughout the meeting, there were millions of new career advancement and training programs announced, which covered a large list of industries.
President Trump drew attention to business leaders in his opening comments. He stated, “We’re really especially grateful to be joined today by the top CEOs, union leaders, trade associations and educators from all around the country. These are the biggest. These are the best. These are the most talented. Today, 23 companies and associations are pledging to expand apprenticeships.”
President Trump began by signing an executive order. After doing this, the President made his way down a line of business leaders, personally meeting them. A Microsoft representative had an important message for Trump that he wanted to deliver out of range of his microphone. The hot mic caught his comment.
The Microsoft representative, Chris Cortez, said to President Trump, “Mr. President, on behalf of Microsoft — 10,000 opportunities — I’m really proud to be their representative.” Then he lowered his microphone and leaned in closer to deliver a personal message to President Trump. Only a hot mic was able to catch it.
“I served 33 years in the Marines,” Cortez said to Trump in a quiet voice.
“Whoa, that’s fantastic,” Trump answered.
“I served with John Kelly and Jim Mattis,” Cortez went on, “and you got two one good ones.”
The President shook Cortez’s hand and said, “Very good. You’re right. They’re great. They’re great. Thank you very much. Thank you.”
In 1970, General John Kelly first signed up for the Marines. He is now serving as President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff. In 1969, General James Mattis joined the Marines. He is now serving as United States Secretary of Defense.
Take a look at around 26:45. You can catch Cortez’s comments to President Trump:
The Marine can be seen talking to President Trump without the mic for a moment. President Trump then gives his approval.