WASHINGTON, DC - Quick Facts:
Senator James Lankford shared a letter to the president about proposed steel and aluminum tariffs
The Oklahoma senator says he is concerned about how the tariffs could impact national security
Senators from South Dakota, Wyoming, Alabama, Wisconcin, Tennessee and Iowa joined him in the efforts to get reconsideration.
Read the full letter below:
The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500
We write today to express our concern regarding proposed aluminum and steel tariffs and the impact on national security of such actions. While we recognize and appreciate the administration’s commitment to strengthening the economy of the United States, imposing broad tariffs on both aluminum and steel could risk straining relationships with international allies and partners.
In your recently released National Security Strategy, you list “Reinforcing Economic Ties with Allies and Partners” as a priority stating, “[w]e will strengthen economic ties as a core aspect of our relationships with like-minded states and use our economic expertise, markets and resources to bolster states threatened by our competitors.” Strengthening alliances and attracting new partners is also made a top priority in the National Defense Strategy released by Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
As outlined in both the National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy, maintaining relationships with allies and partners is vital to international stability and the national security of the United States. 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.
As such, we remain concerned that imposing tariffs risks alienating key international partners that contribute to our ability to defend our nation and maintain international stability. In lieu of imposing broad, global aluminum and steel tariffs that could adversely impact our relationship with several key allies, we ask that the administration consider alternative approaches to address these issues.
Thank you for your attention in this matter. We share your commitment to the defense and prosperity of this great nation and its citizens.
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