Kucinich Praises Trump's Tariffs: 'We've Ended Up Being the Suckers of the World'
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that imposes a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum.
“A nation that does not protect prosperity at home cannot protect its interests abroad,” Trump said before signing the order. “When it comes time where our country can’t make aluminum and steel, you almost don’t have much of a country.”
The move has led to bipartisan backlash and praise, with some expressing concern that this could lead to a trade war and others praising the president for putting American workers and companies first.
Former Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich (D) certainly falls in the latter category.
On "Fox & Friends" on Saturday morning, Kucinich, who's running for governor in Ohio, explained that steel has a $7.2 billion impact on The Buckeye State's economy, with 100,000 jobs directly or indirectly connected to steel production.
"This is an important moment," Kucinich said. "Ohio's lost so many jobs because of these bad trade agreements. Finally, we're seeing a correction here.”
He said if lawmakers are talking about rebuilding America's infrastructure, then it should be done with American steel, even if it risks retaliation from other countries.
"We can't just yield to threats," Kucinich said. "We've ended up being the suckers of the world in the name of free trade, and free trade has to be fair. It's not fair."
He pointed to Youngstown, Ohio, which had a thriving steel industry and economy crushed because of bad trade agreements.
"It's about time we stood up for manufacturing in America."
Watch the full interview above, and let us know what you think in the comments.