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Trump: ‘Not backing down’ on tariffs

President Donald Trump says “we’re not backing down” on his push to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum despite criticism from fellow Republicans.

Posted: Mar. 5, 2018 12:57 PM
Updated: Mar. 5, 2018 12:57 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says “we’re not backing down” on his push to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum despite criticism from fellow Republicans.

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The president says during an Oval Office meeting with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he doesn’t expect to have a trade war as a result of his push to crack down on a flood of steel imports.

The president spoke after a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan said the speaker was “extremely worried” about the consequences of a trade war and urging the White House not to advance the plan.

Trump says the U.S. has had a “very bad deal” with Mexico under the NAFTA agreement but he says the tariffs “could be part of NAFTA.”

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