Montgomery, Ala—President Donald Trump traveled to Wisconsin today touting the economic benefits of a roughly $5 Billion Naval shipbuilding contract awarded in April 2020. A Wisconsin-based company was awarded the contract over the Mobile-based Austal USA. The Alabama Democratic Party released the following statement in response:
“Donald Trump claims to love Alabama, but when the chips are down he puts his re-election campaign first,” said Representative Christopher England, Chair of the Alabama Democratic Party. “In the middle of a pandemic and an economic crisis, his administration sent a lucrative contract to a swing state and left Alabamians high and dry. Nobody builds ships better than Alabama’s gulf coast, but Donald Trump isn’t interested in helping grow Alabama’s economy. Donald Trump always puts himself—not the country, and not Alabama—first.”
Economists worry that the loss could have a lasting impact on Mobile residents and the local economy. Craig Hooper, Senior Contributor for Forbes, says losing the frigate contract could bring “existential catastrophe” to the Mobile shipyard once Austal’s LCS contract runs out.
“I hope Alabamians are paying attention,” continued England. “We should want leaders who have our back, not politicians who turn their backs on us and take us for granted.”