President Donald Trump is holding negotiations with some countries over the likelihood of exempting them from new US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, according to the White House.
Trump is “working with a number of individual countries and negotiating on areas of national security where we can work together and there’s some flexibility there,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters on Friday.
“We’re continuing to have those conversations and will continue through … the end of next week,” she said.
On March 8, Trump signed paperwork enacting tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum. The tariffs, however, will not go into effect until March 23.
The administration has not elaborated on how it will determine which countries will get relief from the measures.
The president exempted Canada and Mexico and the White House has said that other countries could also seek exemptions.
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