A key part of President Donald Trump’s agenda to Make America Great Again is to revitalize our nation’s manufacturing capabilities, with an emphasis on the raw materials and resources that are vital to the production of virtually everything else.
That would most certainly include steel, and Trump has focused intently on bringing about the proper conditions for American steel to be profitably produced, and he has seen some success in that effort.
To wit, Trump traveled to Granite City, Illinois, on Thursday to help celebrate the “great victory” that was the reopening of a U.S. Steel mill in the St. Louis area that has already brought back roughly 500 jobs to the area, according to Fox News.
Adding to the “honor” Trump felt was the fact that the mill has already announced plans to restart a second blast furnace by October, which will lead to the employment of another 300 individuals … something that had tough steelworkers so happy they couldn’t help but shed tears of joy.
KSDK posted a video to their Facebook page of an interview at the mill following Trump’s speech with a steelworker named Anthony Vitale, also known as “Tony,” who was one of the 500 recently brought back to work by the company.
Tony explained that he had worked with U.S. Steel for four years, but had been laid off for about two and a half years.
He was quite pleased with the president’s appearance and speech at the mill, and stated that “He has done a lot for us.”
The third-generation steelworker noted how being a steelworker was his “calling” in life and obviously found the job to be both rewarding and satisfying, especially in how it enabled him to provide for his family.
Asked what it meant to him and the community to have the blast furnace reopened, Tony began to tear up as he said it meant “a way of life” for everybody who depended on the mill.
He was then asked for his one main takeaway from having the president appear at his job, and replied through his tears, “Sounds like we’re gonna do good. It’s just nice to know that we’ve got someone fighting for us, to keep our jobs … provide help for a lot of us.”
Tony was asked about the time he spent laid off from the mill and revealed that he had to work “70 to 80-hour weeks to keep my family under a roof.”
The job at the steel mill meant so much to him because “I can make a living doing a 40-hour week and still see my family.”
His one message to share with others following Trump’s speech was short and to the point, and can be applied much more broadly across America as Trump’s economic policies take hold — “We’re back.”
This was an incredible interview of a regular American steelworker who was nothing short of overjoyed to be back to work because of the efforts made by his president and particularly pleased at the attention the president had shown him and his fellow workers at the mill.
Tony is not alone, and there are countless other hard-working Americans like him who simply want a good-paying job so they can support their families. President Trump no doubt has people like Tony in mind as he works to revitalize our nation’s economy and manufacturing capabilities, and we hope his efforts continue to see success.
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