Trump’s recent moves on steel have made him some new friends in the industry. Leo Gerard of United Steelworkers recently told NBC’s Chuck Todd that steel workers are going to remember what Trump did for them.
Real Clear Politics has the story:
United Steelworkers’ Leo Gerard: Members Won’t Forget What Trump Did, He Stopped Wealth Transfer
In an interview with a combative Chuck Todd, Leo Gerard, President of the United Steelworks, praised the effect of President Trump’s newly proclaimed tariffs would have on the U.S. steel market. Gerard praised Trump for making it clear he is going to “tackle trade deficits” which he called a “wealth transfer” because they are “taking good jobs away.”
Gerard said Trump was able to “see the steelworker agenda” and “he’s going to have a major impact on our members” with what he has done.
“It’s going to make it very hard for our members to ignore what he just did and what makes me sad is we’ve been trying to get Democrats to this for more than 30 years,” Gerard told Todd.
Gerard said Trump is finally “going to help us get a level playing field” after 20 years of promises from Democratic and Republican presidents. While unions are notoriously large supporters of Democrats, Gerard said Trump’s administration has recognized that if the next 20 years are like the last 20 years then “we have a national security problem.” Gerard made it clear his union will work with the administration to prioritize U.S.-made steel.
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American workers tend to like presidents who stick up for them and their jobs.