Trump orders new tariffs, with exemptions for Mexico and Canada

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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump said he was enacting steel and aluminum tariffs Thursday, capping off a week’s worth of controversy over his plans to impose the new trade penalties.

“Today I’m defending America’s national security by placing tariffs on foreign imports of steel,” the president said in the White House’s Roosevelt Room, flanked by steel and aluminum workers. “…Steel is steel. You don’t have steel, you don’t have a country.”

The tariffs — 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum — will take effect Mar. 23, a senior administration official told reporters by phone Thursday afternoon.

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