President Trump announces steep tariffs on imports of steel, aluminum

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has signed proclamations imposing tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.

Trump said a 25 percent tariff will be added to steel and a 10 percent tariff will apply to aluminum.

The president was surrounded by steel and aluminum workers as he explained his decision at a White House ceremony. He signed separate proclamations ordering the tariffs.

Trump said the levies will take effect in about 15 days. He said Canada and Mexico could be exempted based on the outcome of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trump invited the workers to speak. Several spoke of how excessive “dumping” of steel and aluminum imports had negatively affected their jobs and families.

Trump said his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports fulfills a key campaign promise and that American steel and aluminum workers have been betrayed, but “that betrayal is now over.”

He said politicians have for years lamented decline in the industries, but nobody has taken action.

Trump added the steelworkers are part of the reason he won the presidency.