Trump says truckers are ‘price gouged’ after D.C. rally against brokers

"They're great people, and they're people that like me," President Trump said of truckers during a phone-in interview on Friday morning.

On Friday morning, President Trump issued remarks in support of the truckers who rallied for days in Washington D.C. to raise awareness about low rates and unscrupulous freight brokers.

On May 8, Trump appeared on the Fox News show “Fox and Friends” and was asked to follow up on a May 3 tweet that was issued in response to an ongoing rally involving hundreds of truckers in Washington D.C. Trump tweeted “I’m with the TRUCKERS all the way. Thanks for the meeting at the White House with my representatives from the Administration. It is all going to work out well!”

During the phone interview, host Ainsley Earhardt asked, “Everything in front of us, our paper, our water bottles, our pencils, our phones — delivered on a truck. And you tweeted about American truckers being price gouged. What are you going to do about that?”

Trump responded:

Oh they are price gouged. In fact, they were in front of the White House. We had, must have been, looked like a thousand trucks. They were honking, honking, and then, I actually sent representatives out. It was very funny, they were honking all day and they’re great people and they’re people that like me. They like Trump. They’ve got Trump all over their trucks. They’re like the farmers, all they want is to be treated fairly and we’re going to treat them fairly. You know what they’re asking is almost nothing in many cases so I sent my people out to see them. I even brought out some red hats for them, right. I said ‘USA Strong,’ I kept it not-so political, but you know they’re great people. They’re great, great people and they’re successful. You know they have these big beautiful trucks and they want them made in the USA. They’re not asking for much. They want to be treated fairly, so we’re handling the truckers. We’re going to take care of that.

A group of truckers have been protesting in Washington to raise awareness about low freight rates and unfair broker practices as well as some trucking regulations since May 1 when they began demonstrating as part of a larger “Mayday” movement.

You can view President Trump’s remarks on trucking in the video below.