President Donald Trump is considering placing tariffs on steel imports because of national security. He should stick to his campaign promise to fight for the steel industry.
Steel deserves the relief. The world is awash in cheap steel because there are too many mills making steel that no one wants. Not only do American steelworkers compete with countries that don’t have high labor or environmental standards, but also foreign companies that receive government support, like in China, home to the world’s largest steel industry.
It takes money and resources to create the specialty steel required to supply our own military, and those are harder to come by when imports take more of the American market each year. If nothing is done the steel industry here will truly be a fraction of what it once was, and that’s not good for our economy and national security.
Gabriel Pulido, Hobart