Steelworker Union President Says Trump’s Tariffs ‘Shot in the Arm’ That Industry Needed

By Zachary Stieber

The president of a steelworkers union praised President Donald Trump and his policies, including his tariffs, during a television appearance on Jan. 8.

“The president’s probably been the biggest supporter of steel that we’ve had in many decades,” said Mark Glyptis of United Steelworkers Local 2911 on “Fox & Friends.”

“When he imposed the tariffs, when President Trump imposed the tariffs, that was a shot in the arm for the steel industry. It created thousands of jobs. We’re the most efficient steelworks in the world today,” he said.

Glyptis said that previous administrations ignored the steel industry while the industry suffered enormous job losses.

“So, when the tariffs were imposed, it gave us an opportunity to compete against the rest of the world on a fairer basis. So it’s created jobs and the industry right now is doing very, very well,” Glyptis said.

United Steelworkers Local 2911 President Mark Glyptis makes a case for steel as material to build the wall and praises President Trump as ‘the best friend for the steel industry’

“[Steel is] a superior product to concrete, it will create jobs, and it’s a great method for border security.”United Steelworkers Local 2911 President Mark Glyptis makes a case for steel as material to build the wall and praises President Trump as ‘the best friend for the steel industry’

Fox & Friends 发布于 2019年1月8日周二

Trump recently said that the southern border wall should be made out of steel slats with the steel sourced from American companies.

“If I build a wall, and the wall is made out of steel instead of concrete, I think people will like that. And here’s the other good thing, I’ll have it done by the United States steel corporation, by companies in our country,” Trump said.

Glyptis responded, saying: “If the wall’s built out of steel, obviously it’s going to create additional jobs. It’s going to improve our economy. Good things will happen. And it’ll be a great way to secure the border.”

His comments came after Nucor Corp. announced this week plans to build a $1.35 billion steel-plate mill in the United States.

Steel coils produced by Nucor Steel are shown in Decatur, Ala., on June 12, 2004. (John Godbey/The Decatur Daily via AP)
Steel coils produced by Nucor Steel are shown in Decatur, Ala., on June 12, 2004. (John Godbey/The Decatur Daily via AP)

The mill will create around 400 new jobs, according to Nucor’s CEO John Ferriola. He said the expansion was due to Trump’s policies.

“This administration is taking the decisive and meaningful actions that American manufacturers need to compete on a level playing field,” Ferriola said in a statement.

“Tax reform continued improvements to our regulatory approach, and strong trade enforcement are giving businesses like ours the confidence to make long-term capital investments here in the U.S. that create jobs and ensure our success for decades to come,” he said.

Trump’s tariffs resulted in the creation of more than 11,000 jobs by August, according to a tally by the Coalition for a Prosperous America, a nonpartisan trade group representing U.S. farmers, ranchers, manufacturers.

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President Donald Trump signs trade sanctions against China in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, on March 22, 2018. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

“The evidence is that the tariffs are working. Economic growth is up, inflation is under control, many of the tariffed industries are enjoying strong recoveries in output, profits, and employment,” Jeff Ferry, the CPA’s research director, said in a statement.

Trump imposed a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum in March last year. In the months that followed, steel and aluminum makers began adding jobs and restarting idle plants. By late July 2018, manufacturers restarted mills or announced plans to open new facilities in Illinois, Ohio, Florida, Montana, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

In November, Steel Dynamics announced plans to build a $1.7 billion plant in the Southwest, drawing praise from the president. The project should create 600 jobs, according to the company’s estimates.

Epoch Times reporter Ivan Pentchoukov contributed to this report.