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Posted by: thepinetree on 03/01/2018 07:18 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 03/01/2018 07:18 PM
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President Trump in Listening Session with Representatives from the Steel and Aluminum Industry

Washington, DC...The following is from the meeting today where President Trump mentioned potential tariff amounts on steel and aluminium. This has been widely reported as an impetus for the Dow dropping over 400 points today..."Thank you very much everyone. We have with us the biggest steel companies in the United States. They used to be a lot bigger, but they’re going to be a lot bigger again.

And we have the big aluminum companies in the United States. And they’ve been very unfairly treated by bad policy, by bad trade deals, by other countries. They’ve been horribly treated by other countries, and they have not been properly represented. More importantly, because of that, workers in our country have not been properly represented.

So we’re going to build our steel industry back and we’re going to build our aluminum industry back. And I just want you to hear from a couple of the folks in the room. We’ll have a few speak.

But I might want to start with Dave Burritt from U.S. Steel. It was a massive company years ago, and got smaller and smaller and smaller. And Dave was with Caterpillar for 35 years —

MR. BURRITT: Thirty-three years, yeah.

THE PRESIDENT: Thirty-three years. And did a great job. They brought him in. He’s been there for a short while, and he wants to build it back up.

Dave, maybe you could say a little bit to the room and to the press about U.S. Steel and where they were, where they’re going, and what you think of what we’re going to do.

MR. BURRITT: Well, thank you, Mr. President.


MR. BURRITT: And thank you very much for your leadership on this issue. And also, Commerce Secretary, thank you, sir, very much. This is vital to the interests of the United States. This is our moment, and it’s really important that we get this right.

The alternatives that the Commerce Secretary presented were all good alternatives, and we trust your judgment, in terms of the ones to be selected. We believe that the leadership that this administration has shown on tax reform is simply outstanding. The elimination of bureaucracy is simply outstanding. We trust your judgment on this issue.

And having been somebody that has global views and believes in free trade, we know when it’s completely unfair. We are not protectionists. We want a level playing field. It’s for our employees; to support our customers. And when we get this right, it will be great for the United States of America. We have to get this done.

THE PRESIDENT: And for your company and for your workers and for so much else, even the security of our own nation.

MR. BURRITT: Absolutely.

THE PRESIDENT: You like the tariffs that we’re talking about. You like the tariffs where they won’t be dumping on our country. What they do is they dump massive amounts of product on our country, and it just kills — it destroys our companies and our jobs. And it’s been happening for so many years, and we are not the beneficiary.

You feel tariffs are the answer?

MR. BURRITT: Yes, sir. The transshipments that go on, which you are well aware of — we call it the Whac-A-Mole game. It’s time for Whac-A-Mole to end. It’s time for some fairness here. It’s past time.

THE PRESIDENT: People have no idea how badly our country has been treated by other countries, by people representing us that didn’t have a clue. Or if they did, then they should be ashamed of themselves because they’ve destroyed the steel industry, they’ve destroyed the aluminum industry, and other industries, frankly, when you look at all the plants, the car plants, automobile plants that moved down to Mexico for no reason whatsoever, except we didn’t know what we were doing.

So we’re bringing it all back. John, could I ask you to say a few words?

MR. FERRIOLA: Absolutely. We believe very strongly — first of all, thank you —


MR. FERRIOLA: — for the work that you’ve done as Secretary. We appreciate all the work that’s been done on this issue. We believe very strongly that it’s time for decisive and meaningful action to stem the flow of illegally traded imports into this country. And we are counting on the administration to fulfill the promises that were made and to give us that level playing field to compete.

We are confident — we have 25,000 teammates that — I always say, we’re confident, if they are given a level playing field, they will out-compete any company and any country in the world. All we want is a level playing field. And, today, we’re not getting that. The cheating is phenomenal. The amount of circumvention that takes place is incredible.

Just look at last year. Last year, Mr. President, the imports increased 15 percent in 2017, over 2016. Once we initiated the beginning of the 232, other countries saw this as the need to get in before it went into effect.

So what we’re asking for today is fast action and action that will last.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, you know, I tell the story that, a couple of months ago, we put tariffs on washing machines coming into the country, because they were dumping the machines all over the place and we had lost our manufacturing abilities for washing machines. Now we have plants being built; put a 30 percent tariff on. And we have plants being built, and nobody has seen that in many, many years, and it’s happening at a rapid pace.

Same thing with the solar panels. We had 32 companies, of which 30 of them were out of business, they were closed. And the two were on mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. They were finished. They would have closed pretty quickly.

And now, the two are doing much better and they’re talking about opening seven or eight of the old plants that were closed. And they weren’t even so old — the solar panels.

So, a lot of good things could happen. The fact is, we weren’t treated, and we haven’t been treated fairly by other countries. But I don’t blame the other countries. When I was in China, I said, “Listen, President Xi” — I have a lot of respect for President Xi. I said, “I don’t blame you.” If you’re able to get away with making almost $500 billion a year off of our country, how could I blame you? Somebody agreed to these deals. And those people should be ashamed of themselves, what they’ve let happen.

So we’re bringing it back, and we’re going to bring it back relatively rapidly, and we’re going to be instituting tariffs. Next week, we’ll be signing — perhaps some of you folks will be here. When you have Nucor, when you have U.S. Steel, you have the great aluminum companies represented at this table. And they’ve been decimated. Aluminum has been decimated in the country.

Perhaps you would say something, as a great aluminum company that’s been in business for a long time. How about —

MR. LAPIDES: Thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: — a few words on aluminum?

MR. LAPIDES: Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Secretary Ross and the other members here, Secretary Mnuchin. We’re in a situation where competing unfairly has meant that there’s been capital depletion in our business, a lack of investment. And that lack of investment is reflected in a loss of jobs in America. And it’s all been a matter of unfair competition.

And we need a level playing field, or we’re going to lose our manufacturing infrastructure and the national security issues that surround having a vibrant, capable manufacturing sector.

THE PRESIDENT: Okay. We’re going to take care of the situation, okay? So steel and aluminum will see a lot of good things happen. We’re going to have new jobs popping up. We’re going to have much more vibrant companies. And then the rest is going to be up to management to make them truly great. If you could ever make U.S. Steel like it used to be, we’d be very happy. And I actually think it’s possible. But you have a long way to go.

I remember when I was growing up, U.S. Steel, that was the ultimate company. And today, you have so many closed plants. And the NAFTA deal was a disaster for our country. The WTO has been a disaster for this country, for our country. In fact, the rise of China, economically, was — if you look at it — directly equal to the date of the opening of the World Trade Organization. It has been great for China and terrible for the United States, and great for other countries. But terrible for the United States.

So we’re talking about it, and two of the groups that I want to do some very fast action will probably have everything completed by next week. We’ll be imposing tariffs on steel imports, and tariffs on aluminum imports. And you’re going to see a lot of good things happen. You’re going to see expansions of the companies.

I know that, David, you said you’d be expanding. Tim, I know you said you were expanding.

MR. TIMKEN: Absolutely.

THE PRESIDENT: You’re all — pretty much all of you will immediately be expanding if we give you that level playing field, if we give you that help. And you’re going to hire more workers, and your workers are going to be very happy. They’re going to be very, very happy.

And again, what’s been allowed to go on for decades is disgraceful. It’s disgraceful. 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. And we need it.

We need it even for defense, if you think. I mean, we need it for defense. We need great steelmakers, great aluminum makers for defense.

So we’ll probably see you sometime next week. We’ll be signing it in. And you will have protection for the first time in a long while, and you’re going to regrow your industries. That’s all I’m asking. You have to regrow your industries.

Mr. Secretary, thank you very much for being here. We appreciate it. Mr. Secretary, thank you very much. And we’ll see you next week.

Thank you, everybody. Thank you very much.

Q How long, do you think, on the tariffs?

THE PRESIDENT: Unlimited period. Unlimited.

Q Twenty-five on steel?

THE PRESIDENT: Twenty-five percent for steel. It will be 10 percent for aluminum. And it will be for a long period of time.

Q Do you have comment on Jeff Sessions, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you.

Q Twenty-five for steel and ten for aluminum?

THE PRESIDENT: Twenty-five for steel and ten for aluminum.

Q (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: It’s being written now.

Q Thank you, sir."

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Posted on: 2018-03-01 20:04:15   By: Anonymous

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    Posted on: 2018-03-01 20:49:16   By: Anonymous
    Yeah, you sure pulled one over on the Hillary voters. Your hero is going to cost Republicans the House, lose an entire generation of young voters, and (my favorite part) be the first president in decades to restrict guns.

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      Posted on: 2018-03-02 04:32:26   By: Anonymous
      The sole purpose of our Electors was to keep the Presidency out of Hillary's corrupt hands, Thank God It Worked,. Whatever the price for the safety and integrity of America and her people, be thankful Clinton didn't have a chance to sell us out.

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        Posted on: 2018-03-02 20:59:06   By: Anonymous
        Dumbest post on the board. You have no idea on the history and purpose of the electoral college. In the recent election it was corrupted . A mere 70,000 voters in 3 states overrules 3,000,000 nationwide votes for Xlinton.

        The electoral college perverted American Democracy and put an incompetent into the presidency.

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    Posted on: 2018-03-02 05:04:37   By: Anonymous
    Who's Hillary? Is she that (she is a female, right?) the one who
    said she tried to enlist as a Marine? Is she's the one
    who's married to that ex-president, the one who lied while
    president, under oath, who swore to tell the truth, the whole truth
    and nothing but the truth, with his hand on the bible? The one who
    lied to every single American, the whole world, the one who lied to God so he could
    get a blowjob? The one who's been named in a lawsuit dealing with being a pedophile?
    With under-aged girls, you know, the same age group of girls in
    middle school? Is this person referring to that Hillary?
    I'm sure she's not as bad as her alleged husband, though she must
    of known all along of his wickedness and never said anything
    to anyone.....well ok, maybe she is just as bad as him. I guess
    that's up to God to decide his fate and hers. But Imagine if you
    had a little girls, and that old, wrinkled pervert had sex with your
    daughter? I believe that would give you the right to pull the trigger
    on him or anyone else like him.
    This country has gone to hell, it will be a pretty tough thing to
    "Make America Great Again" when you can't respect your President,
    this one and especially former ones like Clinton.

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      Posted on: 2018-03-02 09:36:12   By: Anonymous
      Are you kidding me? Are you blaming Melanie for all of Trump's affairs. Or his earlier wives? Trump is a much bigger adulterer and harasser of women than Bill Clinton ever was. And that was Bill, not Hillary.

      As for lying, Trump lies to the American people on average 5 times per day. Look it up.

      I agree that lying under oath is worse than lying on Fox News, but is it really 2000 times worse. Especially when Bill was lying about a consensual sexual affair that was really no one's business except Hillary's and Trump has been lying about colluding with a foreign adversary (Russia) to steal the presidential election.

      I can not understand the enormous hate directed at Hillary nor the determined blind eye turned to Trump's many, many serious failings and dishonest statements and actions. Are you people not paying attention?

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      Posted on: 2018-03-02 21:22:40   By: Anonymous
      Wow. So jacked up and stupid.. The only president who has been accused of abusing a little girl is your physco nut job trump who had a verfied lawsuit filed against him with witnesses who said he raped a 13 year old.

      The only president who had sex with with porn star while his wife was at home with a baby is your hero trump.

      The only president that said he likes seducing the wives of his friends is your immoral rat fkker trump.

      You got to be aaa immoral as him, or as screws up as him to believe what you posted.

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      Posted on: 2018-03-02 21:27:25   By: Anonymous
      Not to mention that the only president who had 20+ women publicly state he grabbed and groped them.

      Not to mention tru,p is the only president that bragged he could grab women by the privates or so what he wanted because he was a big shot star.

      Take your stupid post to the next trump sucker meeting where it will be swallowed by other trip suckers.

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Posted on: 2018-03-01 20:34:24   By: Anonymous
tariffs lead to trade wars. trade wars. trade wars lead to cold wars. cold wars lead to hot wars. figure it out.

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    Posted on: 2018-03-02 05:17:05   By: Anonymous
    Can I have soup and hot bread and butter with that?

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    Posted on: 2018-03-02 10:34:00   By: Anonymous
    Exactly. He can blather all he wants but Americans aren't going to be willing to pay higher prices for American union steel and metals either.

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Posted on: 2018-03-01 20:58:17   By: Anonymous
Very progressive. Was the whale fat and coal industries on holiday?

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    Posted on: 2018-03-01 21:09:42   By: Anonymous
    In the picture, snapped in the darkness of a Wilton vineyard, Jack Kautz crouches behind a dead buck, smiling broadly as he holds up the animal’s head by its freakishly large set of antlers.

    It was a buck for the record books – with sprawling antlers about an arm’s width apart. If Kautz, 52, had been able to claim it as an official trophy, he could have added it to his long list of accomplishments detailed on the website of his family’s Lodi grape growing business, Ironstone Vineyards.

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Posted on: 2018-03-01 21:12:54   By: Anonymous
Listening??? Listening, really??? Naw, Don't think so.

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    Re: Really??
    Posted on: 2018-03-02 00:14:16   By: Anonymous
    Late at night, if you listen, you can hear 2-3 of them wailing "why Hillary, why?"

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Well, thank you, Mr. President.
Posted on: 2018-03-02 00:29:39   By: Anonymous

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Posted on: 2018-03-02 20:08:49   By: Anonymous
Dumbest post on the board. You have no idea on the history and purpose of the electoral college. In the recent election it was corrupted . A mere 70,000 voters in 3 states overrules 3,000,000 nationwide votes for Clinton.

A few members of the electoral college perverted American Democracy and put an incompetent into the presidency.

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