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Trump touts Exxon Mobil investment in Gulf Coast

President Trump congratulated and thanked Exxon Mobil Monday for a major expansion in the Gulf Coast region, casting the energy company's existing plans for investment as an indication that his agenda is meeting with success.

"This is exactly the kind of investment, economic development and job creation that will help put Americans back to work," Trump said in a statement released by the White House in response to Exxon Mobil CEO Darren Woods discussing the company's plans for $20 billion in new investments earlier in the day.

On Twitter, the president thanked the company and remarked: "We are already winning again, America!"

At a conference in Houston Monday, according to Exxon Mobil, Woods highlighted plans to invest in 11 chemical, refining, lubricant and liquefied natural gas projects on the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana. He also said the projects would create 45,000 jobs paying an average of $100,000.

While Trump sought to tie the news to his administration's promises to create jobs, the 10-year investment plan began in 2013, before he took office.

Of note, Trump met earlier in the day with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who previously was the CEO of Exxon Mobil.