Trump puts America first with steel and aluminum tariffs

May 31, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising President Donald Trump for extending the steel and aluminum tariffs to Canada, Mexico and Europe:

“A strong American economy benefits the world, and President Trump’s tariff announcement seeks to undo years of steel and aluminum dumping that has degraded our nation’s underlying economic capacity. A vibrant steel and aluminum industry is necessary not only for national defense purposes, but along with energy dominance creates the foundation for a 21st century manufacturing economy. The reason the tariffs make sense is because China has deliberately flooded global markets with steel and aluminum, with much of that excess product finding its way into the U.S. via Mexico, South Korea and the EU.

“Once again, Americans and the world need to understand that China has engaged in wholesale economic warfare against the West, and President Trump is attempting to disrupt what was an inevitable pathway to a Chinese-dominated 21st century economy. Disruption of the status quo is difficult, and people complain because the rules have been changed. The American people elected President Trump to change the rules, to put America first and put the U.S. back on the pathway to worldwide economic leadership.”


“Trump’s steel tariffs protect national security, put end to $8 billion foreign aid to Canada, Mexico, South Korea and Brazil every year,” By Robert Romano, March 6, 2018 at

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