Trump Defends His New Tariffs, Doubles Down For American Workers

President Trump took to Twitter Friday morning to defend his plan to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, arguing that sometimes “trade wars are good.”

“When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win,” he said. “Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!”

He followed up later in the morning, writing, “We must protect our country and our workers. Our steel industry is in bad shape. IF YOU DON’T HAVE STEEL, YOU DON’T HAVE A COUNTRY!”

Trump announced Thursday his plan to sign new tariffs, with steel being taxed at 25 percent and aluminum at 10 percent.

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