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Mexico, Canada, other countries may get exemption from steel tariffs: WH

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The today said that some countries, including and Canada, may get exemption from Donald Trump's new and tariffs on national security grounds.

These exception, could be based on America's national security interest, told reporters, days after insisted that there was going to be no country specific exemptions.

Last week, Trump told that he has decided to impose a 25 per cent import duty on and another 10 per cent on

This drew sharp reaction from the and countries like

Trump insisted that steps like this is necessary and the US would overcome any trade war as a result of this because it has a USD800 billion trade deficit.

has said that such an import tariff is unacceptable.

However, said that its northern neighbour would be exempted from such a new import tariff.

"We expect that the will sign something by the end of the week and there are potential carveouts for and based on national security and possibly other countries as well, based on that process," Sanders told reporters.

"That would be case-by-case and country-by-country basis, but it would be determined whether or not there is a national security exemption," she asserted.

The president, she said, has been very clear that he wants to address the trade imbalance that the US has with a number of countries.

He feels that the US has been taken advantage for far too long and he's not going to allow that to continue under his watch, she said.

In a tweet, Trump said that has been asked to develop a plan for the year for a USD 1 billion reduction in the trade deficit.

Sanders said the administration had conversations with officials last week.

"We're going to continue those conversations with them," she said.

Responding to a question on global reaction, she said Trump 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," she said.

"The wants a strong economy and a strong national security, and a strong US economy benefits all Americans, particularly by helping us maintain a strong military and defend US 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.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 08:00 IST