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President Trump Touts Minnesota Mining Growth

Updated: April 15, 2019 05:53 PM

President Donald Trump touted success Minnesota's mining industry at the start of a roundtable discussion with business leaders in a Twin Cities suburb on Monday.

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The president recounted his visit to Duluth last June, where he announced that he was taking steps to rescind the previous administration's federal withdrawal of mining exploration in the Superior National Forest, as well as his decision to impose tariffs on imported steel.

"Our steel industry is vibrant again, it was dead. We weren't even going to have a steel industry, if you can believe that," Trump said.

"They're going to be getting their iron ore right from here. I hear you have among the best in the world," he said.

Trump recounted a discussion he had with an Iron Ranger on a previous trip to Minnesota.

"A man came up to me and he was crying. Big, strong man, but he was crying, and he said, 'President Obama took our life away when he closed the Range.' Those were his words, he said 'took our life away, our blood. And you gave it back to us,'" the president recounted.  "I never forgot that statement."

The president credited his policies for Minnesota's low unemployment rate, which reached its lowest point in 19 years late last year before rising slightly.  It was at 3.1 percent in February, which was below the national average.

Trump cited Bureau of Labor Statistics figures that show Minnesota has added more than 7,500 mining, logging, and construction jobs since he took office.

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