President Donald Trump on Wednesday spent more than an hour in a Duluth harborfront warehouse talking about iron ore and copper mining, trade and his relentless effort to cut government regulations.
In one of his patented “roundtable” discussions, Trump was in friendly territory with about 200 supporters — many of them representing mining, construction and shipping interests — gathered in a spruced-up Lake Superior Warehousing building in the shadow of the Blatnik Bridge.
Trump talked about renegotiating trade deals to put American interests first, and he praised his administration’s efforts to slash government regulations across the breadth of the nation’s economy, including mining.
Trump heralded the nation’s low unemployment and predicted the economic boom would continue and that America and Minnesota would keep on “winning.”
“We’re putting America first. We’re respected again as a country,” Trump said to rousing applause. “We’ve been taken advantage of for too many years and it’s not happening any more.” He specifically highlighted the strength of iron mining — and industry with a heavy presence in Northeastern Minnesota.