Ignoring GOP Pleas, Trump Sets Tariffs In Motion

Trump sets tariffPresident Donald Trump on Thursday set in motion tariffs that will slap fees on many imports of steel and aluminum, moving ahead with a major part of his “America first” philosophy above the loud objections of Republican lawmakers.

“People are starting to realize how important it is,” Trump said just before signing in the Roosevelt Room. He said a “strong steel and aluminum industry” is “absolutely vital” for national security, predicting his action will trigger the re-opening of American production facilities.

The president said he was fulfilling a campaign promise and predicted his action will create steel and aluminum sector jobs inside the United States.