Donald Trump campaigned on bringing jobs back to America an the has made good on that promise!
U.S. Steel CRO Davis Burrit guest starred on CNBC on Wednesday, in which he credited hundreds of new jobs to Trump’s new steel and aluminum tariffs.
He said the company is able to reopen a plant, which employs 500 people! That means 500 jobs are opening in Illinois thanks to Trump.
“We’re really excited to be able to tell our employees in the community in Granite City, Illinois, that we will be calling back 500 employees,” Burritt said.
The company will restart two blast furnaces and the steelmaking facilities at its Granite City Works integrated plant in Illinois. The restart process could take up to four months.
Burritt said the facility had been idle since December 2015 because of what he called unfair trade practices. “If you don’t have customers here to sell to and you can’t make money, you have to shut them down,” he contended.
Burritt thanked Trump for “courageous leadership” on tariffs.
On Wednesday, appearing with Burritt on CNBC, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the White House is not trying to “blow up the world” with its tariffs, and indicated that Trump would be open to exempting U.S. trading partners Canada and Mexico if a reworked NAFTA can be reached.
“This feels like the beginning of a renaissance for us,” Burritt said, “It’s really important that we get this right, and now it’s finally happening.”
“You’ve got to be able to make stuff in the United States. If you take away our ability to make things, you don’t really have a society,” he continued, “Just think about the way the U.K. used to have a big manufacturing base. It went away. If you don’t make stuff, you can’t have a strong country. You can’t protect yourself and you go by the way of Greece or maybe Puerto Rico.”
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