Let’s make steel great again


Of course we are proud and excited that President Trump made a return visit to the Valley, and we gave him a great Valley welcome.

Before winning the White House, Donald Trump crossed Ohio with a clear message that resonated with voters in the Buckeye State and the nation.

That message? It’s time to remove barriers that have stood in the way of American competitiveness. It’s time to restore our place as the world’s preeminent manufacturer. And it’s time to take action to reverse the downward trend in sectors — like the steel industry — that have long represented the backbone of the American economy.

It’s not a stretch to say that Trump’s appeal on this point to voters in Youngstown and Warren played a pivotal role in his decisive and historic November victory.

This week, on the heels of a “Made in America” week that showcased the products and people that make the U.S. economy great, President Trump returned to Ohio. The voters in the Mahoning Valley that helped tip the scales last November had an opportunity hear firsthand about making American great again.

President Trump has been a vocal supporter of the steel sector. Whatever steps his administration takes to nurture American steel, help could not come at a more important time.

We know that steel as it was in the ’60s and ’70s will never return to the Valley, but American steel production still accounts for close to 150,000 jobs in the country today. The industry represents one of the foundations of American industrial capacity, with a role to play in practically every element of our critical infrastructure, manufacturing base, defense, and thousands of American goods and products.

It’s an industry with a proud history, and nowhere is that history remembered with greater pride than right here in Youngstown and Warren.

Mark Munroe,


Mahoning County Republican Party