WH: Potential Carve-outs on Tariffs Will Be Based on National Security

By Melanie Arter | March 7, 2018 | 8:12 PM EST

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot of White House video)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House said Wednesday that President Donald Trump will sign something by the end of the week on tariffs which will include potential carve-outs for Mexico and Canada as well as other countries based on national security.

“We expect that the president will sign something by the end of the week, and there are potential carve-outs for Mexico and Canada based on national security, and possibly other countries, as well, based on that process,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

A reporter asked Sanders whether Trump is concerned with hurting the political fortunes of certain swing states like Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina, that could suffer if the European Union retaliates against the U.S. for imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum.

“Look, the president has been talking about this for a long time. It shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody. Other countries have created unfair trade policies for decades that have harmed our national and economic security. The president wants a strong economy and a strong national security, and a strong U.S. economy benefits all Americans, particularly by helping us maintain a strong military and defend U.S. national security interests. And he's going to continue every day to fight for making sure that we have strong both national and economic security,” Sanders said.

“But the EU is going to hit him where it hurts. Is he prepared to take the hit?” the reporter asked.

“The president is prepared to protect our country. That is the number-one priority he has as president, is to protect our economic and national security interests, and that's exactly what he's doing,” Sanders said.


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