An executive for Mid Continent Nail Corporation – the largest nail manufacturer in the United States – recently told The New York Times his company could shutter thanks to President Donald Trump's trade policies.
Now George Skarich, who voted for Trump in the last election, had turned to his Democratic senator for help.
“He ran on ‘Make America Great Again,’ and the point was to defend and protect jobs in the United States,” Skarich told the Times.
“Now here is an action he decides to take that has the potential to cost 500 U.S. citizens their jobs,” he added, referring to the 25 percent tariffs on steel imports that Trump announced in March.
According to Skarich, he's been forced to raise prices by 20 percent, leading customers to buy elsewhere and cutting his orders in half.
The Missouri-based company already axed 60 jobs, The Hill reported, and Skarich said he might have to cut another 200 in the near future – a move for which he holds the president responsible.
Skarich is now seeking help from Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (MO).
In March, Trump implemented tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum. On Friday, he threatened, in a tweet, to unilaterally impose a 20 percent tariff on European cars.