WH Cites Progress in 30-Day Tariff Negotiation Extension with EU, Canada, Mexico

By Melanie Arter | May 1, 2018 | 8:08 PM EDT

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House said Tuesday that the administration is extending tariff negotiations with the European Union, Mexico, and Canada for 30 days because it has seen some progress.

President Donald Trump issued two proclamations on Monday modifying the Section 323 tariffs on steel and aluminum. The administration reached a final agreement with South Korea on steel imports. It also reached agreements with Argentina, Australia, and Brazil on steel and aluminum tariffs, and the details are expected to be finalized soon. The proclamation also extended tariff negotiations with the EU, Mexico, and Canada for 30 days.

“In all of these negotiations, the Administration is focused on quotas that will restrain imports, prevent transshipment, and protect the national security. These agreements underscore the Trump Administration’s successful strategy to reach fair outcomes with allies to protect our national security and address global challenges to the steel and aluminum industries,” the White House said in a statement.

When asked what will take place during the 30-day period and what are the chances that the exemption for the EU, Mexico, and Canada will be made permanent, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “We are extending those negotiations because we've seen some progress.

“I'm not going to get ahead of what that may look like, but we have 30 days to continue in those negotiations, and hopeful that we can get something that works for everybody,” Sanders said.

As CNSNews.com previously reported, the White House said in March that there would be “potential carve-outs” for Mexico and Canada based on national security.

Meanwhile, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said, “If we're going to impose it, we're going to have to do it pretty soon, or else people will start gaming the system."

Sanders was asked if the White House agrees with Ross that the administration will have to move forward with tariffs “pretty soon.”

“Certainly. It's a 30-day extension, and we expect for the negotiations to be completed at the end of those 30 days,” Sanders said.

“So won't this be the last of the 30 days then?” a reporter asked.

“I'm not going to get ahead of the process, but right now, we're working on negotiating a deal during this 30-day time period, and we'll keep you posted if there's anything that changes,” Sanders said.

 

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