AFL-CIO, United Steel Workers Praise Trump for Tariffs They Couldn’t Get Dems to Impose

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | March 9, 2018 | 2:11 PM EST

United Steel Workers Pres. Leo Gerard (Screenshot)

Two major union leaders praised President Donald Trump for imposing steel tariffs that they’ve been trying – unsuccessfully - “for decades” to get from Democrats. Both United Steel Workers President Leo Gerard and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took to MSNBC Wednesday to tout the tariffs and deride the Democrats.

"What he did is what we’ve been fighting for for more than 30 years," Gerard said. "What makes me sad is we’ve been trying to get Democrats to do this for more than 30 years." "Donald Trump was able to see the steel worker agenda," Gerard said, adding that "It’s going to make it very hard for our members to ignore what he just did."

"We’ve been advocating for the use of tariffs to make sure that cheaters stop cheating for over a decade right now," Trumka said in his appearance.

The tariffs won’t just help the steel industry, but will benefit the entire nation, Trumka said:

"We need to protect our industry from cheating. That is what these tariffs can do. We’re excited about it and we think it is good for the country but we think it is good for the industry."

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