- The Washington Times - Monday, March 5, 2018

White House National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro said Monday that President Trump’s decision to increase tariffs is to protect national and economic security.

“The president has made it clear that without a steel industry, without an aluminum industry, we don’t have a country,” Mr. Navarro said on Fox Business.

Mr. Trump announced that week that he plans on raising tariffs on aluminum by 10 percent and steel by 25 percent, despite some pushback from his economic advisers inside the White House. He tweeted about the issue again Monday morning, saying he may reconsider the tariffs if Canada and Mexico agree to new terms for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

“We have large trade deficits with Mexico and Canada,” Mr. Trump wrote Monday. “NAFTA, which is under renegotiation right now, has been a bad deal for U.S.A. Massive relocation of companies & jobs. Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum will only come off if new & fair NAFTA agreement is signed. Also, Canada must treat our farmers much better. Highly restrictive. Mexico must do much more on stopping drugs from pouring into the U.S. They have not done what needs to be done. Millions of people addicted and dying.”

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