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Trump Exempts More Allies From Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

The White House announced temporary exemptions for dozens of countries, significantly reducing the impact of the new tariffs.
Posted at 7:42 AM, Mar 23, 2018

The Trump administration is temporarily exempting dozens of countries from the new steel and aluminum tariffs.

The White House announced late Thursday that Australia, South Korea, Brazil, Argentina and members of the European Union won't be subject to the trade penalties that went into effect Friday.

Those countries join Canada and Mexico, which were already exempt from the 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum.

Leaders from both the EU and Brazil previously threatened to retaliate with tariffs of their own. 

CNN reports all these exemptions drastically reduce the impact of the tariffs. Now the four largest steel exporters to the U.S. and four of the top seven aluminum exporters won't be taxed right away.