Steelworkers livid over report Trump bought Chinese steel, aluminum

Steelworkers livid over report Trump bought Chinese steel, aluminum

U.S. steelworkers say they are livid after hearing that Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE has used Chinese steel and aluminum for his building projects while campaigning in manufacturing-centric states.

United Steelworker International President Leo Gerard said the union would not only travel to every one of their steel plants across the country to educate members but they would go door-to-door in battleground states to tell voters about the Republican nominee’s business practices. 

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"How can you say you're going to rebuild America and stand up for America when you're in fact doing the very opposite," Gerard told reporters on a Tuesday call.

Gerard said Trump has a "fundamental disrespect for workers" because he is "saying one thing and doing another."

There are about 13,000 steel workers and 6,000 in aluminum who have been laid off because of excess supply of those products mostly coming in from China, Gerard said. 

"it would be one thing if Donald Trump was in our face bringing in Chinese steel and thinking that the confrontation that they were violating our trade laws," he said.

"But instead of doing that it's fundamental dishonesty that he is trying to sneak that in into the country by a number of shell companies coming through the Virgin Islands."

On Monday, Newsweek released an investigative report concluding that in at least two of Trump’s last three construction projects he purchased steel and aluminum from Chinese manufacturers, including for his Las Vegas hotel, which opened in 2008. 

Trump has campaigned heavily in states like Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania where he has placed blame on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE and her support of trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and China's entry into the World Trade Organization as the reason why workers have lost their jobs. 

Gerard called the Republican candidate’s statements about foreign trade and the need for better job creation in manufacturing “hypocritical” and “fundamentally dishonest.”

The revelations about Trump's purchases are especially disturbing because he conducted his business through a back door and possibly bought products that weren't allowed to enter the United States,  Gerard said.

“We intend to make this a very, very big issue,” Gerard told reporters. 

Gerard suggested that the union would go as far as suing Trump if it is determined he broke any trade laws.

"We want the country to know that this guy is nothing but a fraud," Gerard said.