DULUTH, MN — The work done in the Northland, specifically on the Iron Range, holds vital to how our country’s trade and manufacturing system operates.
On Sunday, Congressman Pete Stauber, with a White House Representative by his side, hosted a roundtable in Duluth to speak to local officials about the industry.
“We always talk about all politics are local,” Congressman Stauber said. “I wanted to bring Dr. Navarro here to see the economic drivers and look in the men and women’s eyes that mine our steel — that are building and constructing trades.”
Dr. Peter Navarro serves as an assistant to President Donald Trump and the Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy.
“What I heard today is that the steel tariffs has been a tremendous boom to this area,” Dr. Navarro said. “They stimulated investment, they’ve increased jobs, they drive up wages, and life here is good and getting better.”
A major topic Sunday included the effects of the Section 232 Tariffs, issued by President Trump last year.
“The most important thing is to have a fair and level playing field for american workers,” Dr. Navarro said. “As Pete says, many times the american worker can compete with anybody — anybody around the world if the playing field is level, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Together, Congressman Stauber and Dr. Navarro plan to take what they heard with them back to Washington D.C.
“This has been a hard time for a long time,” Dr. Navarro said. “It’s turned around, and it’s going to be people like Pete Stauber who are going to make it keep going.”