Ivanka's Speech on Steel Tariffs and Worker Development


2018年3月份,美国总统特朗普(Donald Trump)在白宫签署发表声明,将对某些地区提高钢铝进口关税,这无疑是将欧美引向了贸易战边缘。



Ivanka, as you know workforce development doesn't happen in a vacuum.

So I wanted to ask you. What do you say to workers whose livelihoods are threatened by the trade or the tariffs? Particularly, workers who actually feel that they've adapted to the 21st century economy.

They're working in businesses that rely on imports and exports and feel that they're being punished.

For frankly, developing their businesses in the way that you might, you know, advocate in this initiative.

So, I think it's it's a very good question.

And I'll share a story with you.

Last week I was with the President and we went to Iowa.

And we did a roundtable on the subject of Workforce Development.

Lowa has an incredibly low unemployment rate.

And this is an urgent priority for them as they're even reaching into their high schools to start to train workers earlier to serve the needs of their businesses and to ensure people are adequately trained for the growth that they want to have.

Following that visit, we flew to Granite City Illinois.

And we went to a steel mill owned by US Steel.

And it was the celebration of an opening of that steel mill that had happened in June.

And there were over 900 workers were present and they were sharing their stories.

And these were steel workers who had been laid off roughly a year earlier and who had been told that there was no place and there was no opportunity for steel working in this country anymore.

And this was a town where there were three four generations who had worked in a steel mill.

And some of them came up and they spoke as the president spoke and they shared their stories.

And they said that their father or their mother had worked in the steel mill.

Their grandmother had worked in a steel mill.

And then, it closed so abruptly.

And for them, to be back in a job back with hope.

Talking about the national security element of steel of being able to make keep our military strong.

Of god forbid, there's a war.

We need to be able to produce our steel to be able to to support ourselves and build our ships and build our equipment.

But these are tough strong amazing people and to see them so emotional and so grateful for the opportunity to work.

Because of the tariffs we're talking about, because steel had been dumped in this country for so long at their expense and one of the great companies in the world.

I mean US Steel is like you know central casting American company.

It's a legacy brand it's like what coca-cola is.

In terms of it's sort of historical significance and and and brand value to see them talk about what it means to have their job back and to be back to work is the counter to what you say.

Talking about the farmers.

You know, the Sonny Perdue who's amazing, is doing a great job and he's out there every single day with our farmers.

And they've seen their business.

They know what's been happening.

And yes, there's some certainty to the decline that they've been experiencing it's sort of been going like this.

But they've been seeing the trend.

And the trend is not good but it's predictable and there's some comfort and predictability.

But they're patriots.

And they know that there's some temporary pain.

But that the president's fighting for them and that he's going to fix it.

And at long-term they're going to thrive.

And I think you see that.

I think you see that with what happened with the EU announcement last week.

I think you're going to see that in the coming weeks with NAFTA and other trade deals.

So I, at some point, you do have to right the ship.

And we're not looking for to create an uneven playing field other countries.

We're looking for fair and reciprocal trade.