We have to protect and build our steel and aluminum industries, while at the same time showing great flexibility and cooperation toward those that are really friends of ours. Both on a trade basis and a military basis. A strong steel and aluminum industry are vital to our national security, absolutely vital.
Steel is steel, you don't have steel, you don't have a country. Our industries have been targeted for years and years, decades in fact, by unfair foreign trade practices leading to the shuttered plants and mills. The laying off of millions of workers and the decimation of entire communities. And that's going to stop, right, it's gonna stop.
This is not merely an economic disaster, but it's a security disaster. We wanna build our ships, we wanna build our planes, we wanna build our military equipment with steel, with aluminum, from our country. And now, we're finally taking action to correct this long-overdue problem.