Skip to main content

What President Trump said during the Duluth roundtable

After an opening monologue, talk turned to the mining and steel industry.

President Donald Trump pledged his administration would do what it can to open up Minnesota's Iron Range and the surrounding areas for more natural resource exploration.

In a roundtable with mining industry leaders and state lawmakers before his Duluth rally, Trump was thanked for imposing 25 percent tariffs on steel by Iron Mining Association president Kelsey Johnson, which she says has resulted in increased productivity and pay.

The praise was echoed by others involved in the round-table, whose attendees also included Reps. Tom Emmer and Jason Lewis, as well as leaders from Iron Range towns.

Follow us: We're now on Flipboard, and you can find us here.

But he was also lobbied by those in attendance on efforts to open up more federal lands for mining exploration – namely that in Superior National Forest.

Babbitt mayor Andrea Zupancich raised concern about the U.S. Forest Service's application to withdraw 234,000 acres of federal land from consideration for future mining projects. 

She said this is her town's "biggest fear" that they could explore potential deposits of copper and nickel that not only provide jobs, but notes that money from mining leases contribute "billions of dollars" to school funds.

"We have a lot to gain and even more to lose."

Trump seemed receptive to the idea of more exploration of federal lands, earlier in the round-table saying: "We're working very hard to open that area up to explore it and see what's there."

Speaking specifically to Zupancich, he said: "Now you need the Department of Agriculture, it's now up to Secretary [Sonny] Perdue," adding he thinks he'll do a good job for her.

Among those opposed to the idea of withdrawing federal lands is copper nickel mining company Twin Metals, which has previously said the Forest Service's plan "will have a devastating impact on the region’s economy, eliminating the promise of thousands of good-paying jobs and billions of dollars in local investment."

During the meeting, Trump hailed his efforts at cutting regulations, making his oft-repeated claim that he has cut more regulations than any recent president, though this has been debunked as false by the New York Times, among others.

He also praised Reps. Emmer and Lewis, as well as the 8th Congressional District GOP candidate, Pete Stauber.

"Pete is outstanding, he loves this state and he loves this country," he said.

Next Up

RogerEbnetMugshotYellowStone

Charges: Minnesota elementary school teacher sexually assaulted 3 boys

The incidents were captured on video taken inside an elementary school classroom.

Police tape

Person shot by police in St. Paul Monday evening

It happened around 6:10 p.m. on the city's East Side.

Kollie Jr.

Woman killed in Moorhead identified as suspect's mother

An appeal has been issued to find the suspect's vehicle, which remains missing.

Hamilton

Ticket details released for 5-week run of 'Hamilton' in Minneapolis

The tour of the production has been delayed twice due to the pandemic.

GummiesDeathByGummyBears

Minnesota Board of Pharmacy files lawsuit against 3 THC edible retailers

The board has received 46 complaints in the past four months regarding the products.

Screen Shot 2022-12-05 at 2.53.55 PM

ATF now investigating fire at Lyndale Avenue apartment building

It was the second fire at a vacant building owned by the same landlord that was being used by squatters in the past few months.

FB_IMG_1668547011137

Let the good times roll

Minnesota Roller Derby is back!

StumpysGoogleMaps

Beloved restaurant in southeastern MN to close after 40 years

A final night of celebrations is scheduled for Dec. 17.

PrinsburgGoogle

MN town shelves ordinance allowing residents to sue abortion providers

Attorney General Keith Ellison advised the town to not go forward with the ordinance.

Spring Street Tavern

Man shot dead inside Minneapolis tavern is identified

The suspect is being held on probable cause murder.

Related

What Donald Trump said about Minnesota during his rally

The president spoke to a packed house at the Amsoil Arena in Duluth.

Environmental groups slam Trump's Minnesota mining announcement

Tourism groups meanwhile have launched a lawsuit to protect the Boundary Waters.

Duluth prepares for visit of President Donald Trump

A number of counter protest events will be held in the city.

Screen Shot 2020-09-30 at 11.16.18 PM

What did President Trump say at his Duluth rally?

He stopped for a fundraiser on Lake Minnetonka first.

Screen Shot 2019-04-15 at 4.39.40 PM

What did President Trump say during his Minnesota visit?

The president spent a couple of hours in Burnsville this afternoon.

Donald Trump

Here's what President Trump said on his visit to Bemidji

The president spoke from Bemidji Airport on Friday.