The White House says it will not exclude allies from steep tariffs President Donald Trump has announced would impose on imported steel and aluminum to protect American producers.
On Thursday, Trump said his country would slap tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum, a decision criticized both at home and abroad.
A day after the controversial announcement, a White House official said that there would be no exception for US partners such as Canada and Europe.
“The president made clear these would be across-the-board tariffs with no exclusions,” the official told reporters. “One problem with exclusions is that it’s a slippery slope. Where do you stop?”
Trump believes the tariffs will safeguard US jobs, but many economists say they will destroy more jobs than they create.
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