(National Sentinel)Â #MAGA: The president of United Steelworks said in an interview withÂ NBC News that member of the union “won’t forget” what President Donald J. Trump is doing for them and others in their industry.
Leo Gerard said that the president’s newly announced 25-percent tariffs on imported steel and aluminum would be a net gain for the American steel industry. He also praised the president for making it clear he is going to â€œtackle trade deficits,â€ which he called a â€œwealth transferâ€ because they are â€œtaking good jobs away.â€
Trump was able to â€œsee the steelworker agendaâ€ and â€œheâ€™s going to have a major impact on our membersâ€ with what he has done, he added, according to theÂ American Lookout, viaÂ Real Clear Politics.
â€œItâ€™s going to make it very hard for our members to ignore what he just did and what makes me sad is weâ€™ve been trying to get Democrats to this for more than 30 years,â€ Gerard told the network’s Chuck Todd.
Gerard said Trump is finally â€œgoing to help us get a level playing fieldâ€ after 20 years of promises from Democratic and Republican presidents. While unions are notoriously large supporters of Democrats, Gerard said Trumpâ€™s administration has recognized that if the next 20 years are like the last 20 years then â€œwe have a national security problem.â€ Gerard made it clear his union will work with the administration to prioritize U.S.-made steel.
“American workers tend to like presidents who stick up for them and their jobs,” theÂ American LookoutÂ reported.
Trump signed the tariffs Thursday, but in doing so he exempted Mexico and Canada for now as U.S. officials work on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which Trump pledged to do during his campaign.
Critics have said that the tariffs will make products made with steel and aluminum more expensive, especially because some steel products are not available in the U.S.
But others say that Trump’s actions will level the field for existing U.S. steel and aluminum producers. One company, U.S. Steel Corp., announced last week it will reopen one of two shuttered blast furnace facilities in Granite City, Ill.
The Pittsburgh-based company anticipates calling back 500 employees beginning this month, according to a statement. The process of restarting the facility could take up to four months.
â€œOur Granite City works facility family and employees, as well as the surrounding community, have suffered too long from the unending waves of unfairly traded steel products that have flooded U.S. markets,â€ David Burritt, president and CEO of U.S. Steel, said.
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