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Trump celebrates tariff policies with Illinois steelworkers amid complaints from Midwest farmers

WASHINGTON - A day after announcing a truce in a brewing trade war with Europe, President Donald Trump returned to his protectionist script during two stops across the Midwest on Thursday, touting the reopening of an Illinois steel mill as proof that his tariffs are helping workers.

Despite opposition from the region's farmers hurt by other nations' retaliatory tariffs on agricultural products - and from the farmers' Republican representatives in Congress - Trump urged patience first in Iowa, then in southern Illinois, and asserted that the healthy economy made this an opportune time to pick a fight on trade.

"This is the time to straighten out the worst trade deals ever made by any country in the history of earth. But now they're

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