Hillary Clinton on Monday doubled down on her debate-attack of Donald Trump for using cheap Chinese steel imports, challenging him to start making good on his campaign slogan to "make American great again" by "buying American steel for his construction projects."
In a speech in Detroit, Michigan a day after a contentious second presidential debate, Clinton jabbed that "Donald had no answer when confronted" on the issue.
At the debate, Trump declared China's cheap steel was "killing our steel workers and our steel companies," to which Clinton shot back: "China is illegally dumping steel in the United States and Donald Trump is buying it to build his buildings, putting American steel workers and plants out of business."
"I do have some advice for Donald," Clinton said on Monday. "He wants to make America great again. Start by buying American steel for his construction projects."
She also derided Trump for "claiming to be on the side of workers,."
"He especially likes to talk about how he supports American steelworkers. He even had the nerve to brag about how — this is a quote — American steel will send new skyscrapers soaring — and all the while, he was hiding the truth… the fact that he chose to support Chinese workers, not American workers," she charged.
"You in Michigan, like a lot of places in our country, know that China has been… dumping cheap steel into our market for too long," she continued. "And you've seen the consequences up close because when China illegally floods our markets with cheap steel, and people like Donald Trump buy it, then it kills good jobs."
"How does Trump look at these workers in the eye, how does he brag about big tall buildings when he is putting American workers out of work, and he is shutting down steel mills," she added. "He needs to try to explain that, I think. And like everything else, it's not likely he will. He'll go on saying the same factually untrue things."
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