PA Radio Host: Trump Steel Tariffs Could 'Mean a Lot' After Decades of 'Jobs Disappearing'
A Pennsylvania radio host praised President Trump's new steel trade policy, which enacted tariffs on foreign imports of the material.
However, he warned that the "nuances" of any new trade policies should be fully examined by experts.
Harrisburg's R.J. Harris recounted the rich regional history of metallic manufacturing throughout the Keystone State, saying that the new policy could be the shot in the arm the struggling industry needs.
Harris pointed out that manufacturing in once-bustling steel towns like Pittsburgh, Steelton, Aliquippa and Bethlehem has slowed over the years.
"We've only seen jobs disappear [here]," he said.
Outside Harrisburg, Harris pointed to Reading's Carpenter Technologies, a metal manufacturer where his brother once operated the blast furnace, as a place that could benefit from the policy.
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— RJ Harris (@RJHarrisWHP580) March 3, 2018
He said the tariffs could also help workers at industrial giant Alcoa's local plant in Lebanon.
100 miles to the east of there, the former site of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation now houses a Sands Casino and other new venues surrounded by silenced blast furnaces and coke works along the Lehigh River.
The defunct titan's 330-foot corporate skyscraper, Martin Tower, also sits vacant north of downtown, with a debate ongoing about its future.
Our Steel and Aluminum industries (and many others) have been decimated by decades of unfair trade and bad policy with countries from around the world. We must not let our country, companies and workers be taken advantage of any longer. We want free, fair and SMART TRADE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2018
"This [tariff] sounds helpful, but again, we don't know the nuances," Harris said.
Harris also reacted to what effect the tariff and Trump's other policies could have in the upcoming Congressional special election in southwestern Pennsylvania.
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