Steelworker Tears Up in Reopening of Illinois Plant, ‘Amazing’ GDP Boon for Americans

July 27, 2018Jul 27, 2018

After President Trump’s speech in Granite City, Illinois, on Thursday, where a steel plant reopened, bringing in 500 jobs immediately and 300 more in October, those who had been laid off were deeply gracious.

One worker, named Tony, had been laid off from the job he loved for 2 1/2 years, forced to work extra jobs and amass 70 to 80-hour weeks, missing time for his family. He was interviewed by KSDK following the speech. 

The steelworker became emotional in reflecting what it meant for him personally, and for his family, as well as the community where lives, to have the steel mill reopened.

“It’s what I’m meant to do,” he said, referring to his career as a third-generation steel worker.

When asked what it meant for him and his family, he said simply, “We’re gonna make it.”

On Friday, President Trump spoke to reporters on the latest Gross Domestic Product numbers, which show that the U.S. economy grew by a staggering 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2018 – the fasts economic expansion in nearly four years, according to the estimate released by the Commerce Department

President Trump simply called it “amazing” while praising a sinking trade deficit and pointing to the possibility that the country is on track to hit the highest annual growth in over 13 years.

“We’ve accomplished an economic turnaround of historic proportions,” said Trump. “Once again, we are the economic envy of the entire world.”

“As the trade deals come in one by one,” continued Trump, “we’re going to go a lot higher than these numbers, and these are great numbers.”

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