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Trump considering 'all options' on steel, aluminum cases

Written by Ken Thomas/Associated Press | Feb 13, 2018 2:11 PM
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters while touring H&K Equipment Company to promote his tax and economic plan, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Coraopolis, Penn. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


(Washington) -- President Donald Trump is looking for advice from a range of lawmakers as he considers whether to impose trade sanctions on aluminum and steel imports.

The president is meeting at the White House with nearly 20 lawmakers, including a number of senators representing Rust Belt states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.

Trump says the administration is "considering all options" but he's considering issuing "tariffs and/or quotas."

The administration has been weighing whether to slap tariffs on aluminum and steel imports by arguing they pose a threat to national security. But some opponents warn that countries like China could retaliate and create a trade war.

The president says he wants to "keep prices down but I also want to make sure that we have a steel industry and an aluminum industry."

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