White House: No Exemptions on Steel, Aluminum Tariffs
By Todd Beamon / NEWSMAX
No countries will be exempt from the steep steel and aluminum tariffs
President Donald Trump announced this week, which have outraged allies
and stoked fears of a global trade war, a senior White House official
Trump "made clear that this would be an across-the-board tariff with
no exclusions," including key allies Canada and Europe, the official
However, the White House will consider possible exemptions in
"situations" that arise on a case-by-case basis, the official said.
President Trump's announcement Thursday with industry leaders at the
White House that he would impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports
and 10 percent on aluminum outraged allies and stoked fears of a global
Trump tweeted Friday, however, that "trade wars are good, and easy to win
" — and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
called the tariffs "no big deal," illustrating their "trivial" impact on prices with a can of Campbell's soup.
But other top administration officials —among them National Economic
Council Director Gary Cohn, Defense Secretary James Mattis and national
security adviser H.R. McMaster — oppose the tariffs and have
successfully fended them off for more than a year, according to news reports.