SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - President-elect Donald Trump celebrated his election victory with a crowd of some 8,000 supporters in Cincinnati, Ohio Thursday evening. It was the first stop in what he is calling a "Thank You Tour" of battleground states that helped him win the White House.
It was Mr. Trump's first major public appearance since election day. Mr. Trump has spent the past weeks sequestered in New York, meeting with potential cabinet appointees.
At the Ohio rally, Mr. Trump appeared to depart from the teleprompter script to announce another cabinet selection.
"We are going to appoint "Mad Dog" Mattis as our Secretary of Defense, but we're not announcing it until Monday so don't tell anybody," Mr. Trump joked.
General James Mattis served more than 40 years in the Marine Corps and retired as chief of U.S. Central Command in 2013. He would need a waiver from Congress to be confirmed, due to a requirement that an appointee be a civilian for at least seven years before becoming Pentagon chief.
Mr. Trump's Ohio speech lasted more than 45 minutes Thursday night as he reveled with the crowd over his victory.
"I'm asking you to join me in this next chapter of this unbelievable and unprecedented movement," Mr. Trump said.
At times, he re-iterated campaign promises.
"We will construct a great wall at the border," he said, despite having said in recent weeks that a partial border or fencing might suffice.
Mr. Trump also pledged major infrastructure projects, increased military spending, and a repeal of President Obama's health care act,
On the economy, he promised to bring mining and manufacturing jobs back to the Midwest.
"We're going to fight for every last American job. It's time to remove the rust from the rust belt and issue in a new industrial revolution. We're going to do it," he pledged.
The speech came hours after Mr. Trump and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence visited the Carrier air conditioning and heating plant in Indiana, to celebrate a deal Mr. Trump negotiated to keep 800 jobs from moving to Mexico. Another 200 jobs were never intended to move and will remain at the plant. 400 jobs will reportedly be cut.
Trump had made Carrier one of his campaign causes, promising to slap tariffs or tax penalties on that company and others if they sent jobs outside the U.S.
As part of the deal, Indiana, where Pence is governor, will give $7 million dollars in state tax incentives to Carrier, whose parent company is also a U.S. defense contractor.
During his ohio speech, mr. Trump made repeated calls for unity, but also denounced and mocked journalists, protestors in the crowd, and Republican critics such as Ohio's own governor John Kasich.
"Now that you put me in this position. even if you don't help me one bit, I'm going to get it done. Don't worry," Mr. Trump said.
He ended with the pledge that had been his campaign refrain, "I'll say it one last time tonight. We are going to come together and make America great again. Thank you very much. Thank you Ohio," Mr. Trump said.
Mr. Trump's new economic team is promising to create 20 million new jobs over ten years, by passing legislation that would lower corporate taxes for companies that bring jobs back from overseas.
Mr. Trump is expected to hold rallies in battleground states including Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina and Michigan in the coming weeks as part of his "Thank You Tour". Details are still being determined.