The Latest: Expect Trump tariffs on imported steel, aluminum

The Latest on President Donald Trump and trade penalties on steel and aluminum imports
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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has told steel and aluminum executives that he’ll impose import tariffs ‘next week’ in a bid to boost U.S. manufacturers.

His words to the executives: “You will have protection for the first time in a long while.”

The president spoke at a hastily called meeting at the White House after hours of confusion over what, if anything, he was going to announce.

Trump tells reporters the import tariffs will be 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum.

Trump ordered a Commerce Department review of imports of both metals last year. He has until April to formally decide whether to support the department’s recommendation to impose tariffs.

The move has raised concerns that it could launch a trade war with China.

Lourenco Goncalves, Cliffs’ Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, ”We applaud and thank President Trump for taking real action under Section 232 to punish the perpetrators and enablers of unfairly traded steel. The 25 percent tariffs to be imposed next week will support our ability to continue to produce iron ore pellets and steel in our country, enhancing a vibrant manufacturing economy and our national security.”

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