The US President Donald Trump on Thursday formally signed proclamations to impose steep tariffs on imported steel and aluminum amid mounting dissent from business groups and trading partners around the world.
He said this at an event at the White House, noting a strong steel and aluminum industry is "vital to our national security."
Trump signaled that all other countries also have opportunities to be exempt from the tariffs by negotiations with the United States.
"If the same goals can be accomplished by other means, America will remain open to modifying or removing the tariffs for individual nations, as long as we can agree on a way to ensure that their products no longer threaten our security," he said.
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