WH: Trump Expected to Make Announcement on Steel, Aluminum Tariffs By End of the Week

By Melanie Arter | March 7, 2018 | 11:39 AM EST

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (CNSNews.com/Melanie Arter)

(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement on new steel and aluminum tariffs by the end of the week, the White House said Wednesday.

When asked whether the announcement will take place this week or early next week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “Yes we are still on pace for an announcement on that at the end of this week.”

"Look, it’s a lengthy process finalizing the details. It’s a complicated process, and we want to make sure we every i’s dotted and all t’s are crossed,” Sanders said when asked about the process in an off-camera gaggle.

When asked whether the president plans to sign the tariffs in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Sanders said, "I wouldn’t anticipate that that happens. That’s a separate type of event."

“Look, that will happen when the president is ready to make that announcement. I’m certainly not going to get ahead of him and try do that right this second.”

Asked when the president planned to name a replacement for National Economic Policy Director Gary Cohn, Sanders said, “Look, that will happen when the president is ready to make that announcement. I’m certainly not going to get ahead of him and try do that right this second.”

As far as who will replace Cohn, reports said conservative economist Larry Kudlow could be a contender. When asked about it, Sanders said, "The president’s got a number of people that could potentially fill that role. What I can assure you obviously is he’s going to make a good pick that can help him continue to further building a strong economy and continue creating jobs and continue focusing on long-term economic success.”

 


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