President Donald Trump on Thursday spoke at a newly reopened U.S. Steel mill in the St. Louis-area town of Granite City, Illinois, calling the plant's reopening a "great victory" and an "honor."

Officials with U.S. Steel said tariffs enacted by Trump led to the decision to restart a blast furnace at the mill, which brought back 500 jobs. The company has promised an additional 300 jobs by October, when it plans to restart a second blast furnace.

After Trump's speech, KSDK News spoke to a steelworker who got emotional when discussing all the president has done for American workers.


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The man, identified as Tony, said he was a third-generation steelworker who had been laid off two-and-a-half years ago.

He said he found other work, but he was forced to work 70 to 80-hour weeks just to make ends meet.

Now that he's got his job at the mill back, he said he can make a living with a 40-hour week and spend more time with his family.

When he was asked what it means to his family and friends to know that he's back at work at the mill, he wiped away tears and replied, "That we've got a way of life."

"It's just nice to know that we've got someone fighting for us to keep our jobs. It was rough for a lot of us," Tony said.

The reporter asked him to share the one thing he wants people to know about President Trump and the economy.

"We're back," he said.


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