President Trump unveiled stiff import tariffs on steel and aluminum Thursday, making good on his campaign promise to rebuild American industry in the face of cheap and unregulated foreign goods.
The President announced the new trade guidelines during a meeting with industry experts, many of whom told the President it was nearly impossible to compete with underpriced metals flowing into the country from Asia.
“What’s been allowed to go on for decades is disgraceful,” Trump told industry leaders. “And when it comes to a time when our country can’t make aluminum and steel, and somebody said it before and I will tell you, you almost don’t have much of a country. Because without steel and aluminum, your country is not the same. We need it. We need it even for defense.”
“We need great steel makers. Great aluminum makers for defense. So, we will probably see you some time next week. We will be signing it in. You have protection for the first time in a long while and you are going to regrow your industries. That’s all I’m asking. You have to regrow your industries,” added the President.
Watch the President’s comments above.
GREAT AGAIN: Dow SOARS 31% Under TRUMP, Best Year Since GREAT DEPRESSION
As Democrats and Republicans scramble to reach a last-minute agreement to avert a federal government shutdown, the stock market continues to smash records under President Trump; soaring 31% in his first year in office and posting the greatest gains since President Franklin Roosevelt.
According to CNBC, the Dow has surged over 31% since President Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, marking the largest increase since Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first year in office which saw the Dow “skyrocket” by 96.5% following the Great Depression.
“This is all about policy,” said a chief investment strategist at Baird. “You’ve got lower taxes, less regulation and confidence in the economy is high. Things are firing on all cylinders.”
President Trump rode a wave of economic promises and policies into the Oval Office throughout the 2016 presidential race; vowing to put “America First” and unleash “the power of the American worker.”
Trump touted the economic gains throughout the country at a rally in Pennsylvania Thursday, saying the US is “coming back bigger and better.”
“We are coming back bigger and better and stronger than ever,” said the President. “At the center of America’s resurgence are the massive tax cuts that I just signed into law.”
GREAT AGAIN: American Jobless Claims PLUMMET to 45 YEAR LOW
The US economy continues to soar under President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress, with jobless claims dropping to just 221,000 in the first days of February; the lowest figures seen since March of 1973.
The 45-year-low signals the American recovery is in full-swing following years of low GDP growth and stagnant wages. Economists cite the recent gains as a direct result of a strong job growth and the President’s recently signed overhaul of the nation’s overly complicated tax system.
According to MarketWatch, the stunning numbers are a result of “big declines” in unemployment claims in Missouri, California, and New York; a result of 200,000 new private payroll jobs in January and an unemployment rate hovering at just 4.1%.
“Even better, the long-awaited uptick in worker wages might be in the offing. The yearly increase in hourly pay rose to a nine-year high of 2.9%,” MarketWatch adds.
The rosy economic outlook comes as major American corporations -such as AT&T, Walmart, Disney, Starbucks, American Airlines, Home Depot, FedEx, UPS, Visa, and others- announced their plans to raise wages, expand benefits, and pay out big bonuses in the wake of the GOP-led tax cuts late last-year.