White House: Tariffs announcement expected this week

- Maret 07, 2018

The White House plans to make an announcement on President Donald Trump's new steel and aluminum tariffs by the end of this week, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.

"Yes, we are still on pace for an announcement on that at the end of this week,” Sanders told reporters, according to the press pool.

Sanders, however, said she doesn’t expect Trump will formalize the tariff details on Saturday during a speaking engagement in Pittsburgh. Trump is appearing there ahead of a congressional special election next week.

"I wouldn’t anticipate that that happens," she said. "That’s a separate type of event."

"Look, it’s a lengthy process finalizing the details,” she said. “It’s a complicated process, and we want to make sure every I’s dotted and all T’s are crossed.”

Trump’s decision to impose the tariffs, which fulfills a campaign promise to get tough on U.S. trading partners, followed an investigation that found that current volumes of steel and aluminum imports are a threat to national security. His proposal for tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum upset many U.S. allies, lawmakers from his own political party and members of his administration. National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn announced his resignation Tuesday after urging the president not to impose the tariffs.

Sanders told Fox News Wednesday that despite his resignation announcement, Cohn will still be “a voice” to the president.

"He has a number of people he can choose from” to replace Cohn, she said. “But in the meantime, Gary will still be here as a voice for the next several weeks."


 

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