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Trump Says Tariffs Are Needed To Protect Vital Industries, But Are They?

The steel and aluminum tariffs are based on the idea that these homegrown industries are critical for national security purposes. But global supply chains make it tough for the U.S. to go it alone.

When President Trump announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports this month, he said protecting the two industries was vital for national security.

"We want to build our ships. We want to build our planes. We want to build our military equipment with steel, with aluminum from our country," he said at a March 8 White House news conference.

In other words, the U.S. military should be as

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