President Joe Biden joined auto workers on strike in Detroit on Tuesday. It was the first time a sitting president has walked a picket line.
“You’ve heard me say many times: Wall Street didn’t build this country,” Biden saias the crowd chanted and applauded in agreement. “The middle class built this country. And unions built the middle class…You deserve what you’ve earned, and you’ve earned a hell of a lot more than you get paid now.”
Biden’ poll numbers have dropped as a government shutdown looms in D.C..
Still, the White House is clear on the scope of the president’s visit.
Karine Jean-Pierre, White House Press Secretary said: “We are not involved in negotiations. That is something for them to decide…what is going to work for the parties that are involved.”
The president’s trip came a day before former President Donald Trump is scheduled to arrive in Michigan. At stake is the United Auto Workers’ support in the 2024 presidential election.
Trump will address union members today at 8 p.m. in Clinton Township.