President Trump says tariffs fulfill campaign promise

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 06: Bars of machine grade steel are seen at the Pacific Machinery & Tool Steel Company on March 6, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. United States President Donald Trump announced he intends to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, sparking fears that such actions could provoke a trade war. The steel is painted different colors to indicate its grade. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON- President Donald Trump says his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports fulfills a key campaign promise.

Trump says American steel and aluminum workers have been betrayed, but “that betrayal is now over.”

He says politicians have for years lamented decline in the industries, but nobody has taken action.

Trump’s audience includes a number of steelworkers along with administration officials.

Trump says the steelworkers are part of the reason he won the presidency.