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Trump considering options on steel, aluminum

WASHINGTON (AP)  Weighing trade sanctions, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he's "considering all options" to address an influx of cheap aluminum and steel imports into the United States.

In a meeting with lawmakers, the president said he would soon make a decision on whether to slap "tariffs and/or quotas" on aluminum and steel imports by arguing they pose a threat to national security. 

But he listened as lawmakers made competing arguments on the trade cases. Some urged him to act swiftly to defend steel workers' jobs while others warned it might start a trade war, affecting a broad array of jobs and industries and raising costs for consumers.

During his 2016 campaign, Trump railed against foreign countries that had outmaneuvered the U.S. at the negotiating table and had unfairly subsidized their own industries at the expense of American jobs. The president has vowed to return manufacturing jobs to the U.S. by pulling out of trade deals or renegotiating them and cracking down on countries like China and Mexico that sell more goods to the U.S. than they buy from it.

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