White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that the White House might exempt Mexico and Canada from tariffs for “national security” reasons.
Sanders’ statement is another potential compromise hinted at by the Trump Team since President Trump first announced his tariffs on steel and aluminum. President Trump is expected to sign the tariffs as early as Thursday afternoon, ahead of his planned trip to the struggling industrial city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Trump has also said that he would roll back his tariffs if the United States is able to re-negotiate the NAFTA trade agreement.
President Trump’s supporters have enthusiastically greeted news of his tariffs, and many hope that the President will not water down his policies under pressure from the mainstream media and members of the free-trade Right. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has criticized the policy, saying Republicans are concerned about the potentiality of a trade war.
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