It may dismay relatives in his native Belgium, not to mention his wife’s family in Mexico, but Laurent Deconinck counts himself an enthusiast for the policies of Donald Trump. The benefits, he says, walking across his factory floor in a northern suburb of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, are all around him. Trump’s tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium may be pushing up metals costs, but Deconinck is passing that on to customers — clearly itemised in his invoices. Meanwhile investment write-offs encouraged by the Republicans’ tax cuts have freed up cash for spending on new kit to make metal components, he says, gesturing at a $300,000 machine he bought as a result.  And in 2017 the prospect of a trade war with Beijing prompted a customer who sells knee braces for hobbled pets to ditch a Chinese supplier and shift the work to Deconinck’s Minnesota factory. “A lot of people don’t want to be associated with Trump because they don’t support the bad language and nastiness of what he is saying...

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