President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum could strain alliances the U.S. needs to maintain national security and international stability, a group of GOP senators led by Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities Chairman Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) wrote in a letter to the president.
“Our military and intelligence communities benefit from these alliances and partnerships, and in today’s strategic environment it is of utmost importance that we continue to foster constructive relationships with international partners that share our nation’s concerns and interests with emphasis on addressing the most critical challenges facing the U.S. and global steel industry,” the letter said, citing the White House’s own National Security Strategy and Defense secretary James Mattis’s National Defense Strategy.
“We remain concerned that imposing tariffs risks alienating key international partners that contribute to our ability to defend our nation and maintain international stability,” the letter continued.
Earlier on Thursday, Trump officially imposed a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports.
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The letter was signed by a total of seven GOP senators, including John Barasso (Wyoming), a member of the Senate GOP leadership team.