Trump to visit reopened steel mill in first trip to Illinois since election

File photo: US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One at Morristown Airport in Morristown, New Jersey, on July 22, 2018. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)

GRANITE CITY, Ill. — President Donald Trump will be visiting an Illinois steel mill that is boosting production as he faces opposition to his imposition of tariffs in international trade disputes.

The White House says Trump will talk about trade during an event Thursday afternoon at the U.S. Steel Corp. plant in Granite City, Illinois, near St. Louis for his first trip to Illinois since becoming president.

The company started in March restarting two blast furnaces at the Granite City Works that were shut down in 2015, costing 2,000 jobs. U.S. Steel has announced the recalls about 800 workers.

The U.S. has imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, including from Europe. China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico have responded with taxes on some U.S. goods.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.