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September 10, 2018 3:45 PM, EDT

White House Recognizes ‘Hardworking’ Truck Drivers

Donald Trump in a truck cab President Donald Trump gestures in a truck cab at the White House on March 23, 2017. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

The White House praised the nation’s approximately 3.5 million truck drivers in a presidential message Sept. 9, continuing the Trump administration’s trucker-friendly message.

“Our nation applauds the dedication of America’s truck drivers, and we thank them for the hard work they do every day,” the statement read in recognition of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. “My administration remains committed to supporting these men and women by working with Congress to increase investment in America’s infrastructure and reducing burdensome and unnecessary regulations on the trucking industry. We must ensure that our country’s truckers can keep fueling our thriving economy.”

In the release, the administration recognized the importance of the industry to overall workforce and infrastructure, noting the 11.6 billion tons of freight moved in 2016.

“These men and women work day and night, through the harshest conditions, and endure long periods away from their loved ones to fulfill their task safely and effectively,” the proclamation says.