Today, just days before the holidays, U.S. Steel announced plans to lay off more than 1,500 workers in Detroit, Michigan and about 48 hours after President Trump promised supporters in the state that “steel mills are doing great,” and that steel jobs were “expanding all over the country.”
This is the second time this year that steelworkers have been laid off at the same plant. U.S. Steel had already announced temporary layoffs of about 200 workers at the Detroit-area plant earlier this year. This latest round of manufacturing layoffs comes two years after the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress passed a massive corporate tax cut, and on the heels of the Trump administration’s steel tariffs.
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In 2016, Trump promised, “If I’m elected, you won’t lose one plant…The long nightmare of jobs leaving Michigan will be coming to a very rapid end.”
Trump promised his trade policies and lower corporate taxes would reinvigorate the manufacturing economy, but in reality, the policies of the Trump administration have had catastrophic results in Michigan and across the country.