On Sunday, President Joe Biden grew excessively defensive after reporters questioned why he allowed former President Donald Trump’s tariffs on aluminum and steel to remain in place.
“When you’re having these conversations with European allies who are very concerned about these sanctions, how do you justify that?” one reporter asked Biden.
Biden commented on the tariffs during a press conference on Sunday, after a reporter questioned the president’s repeated statement that “America is back” to cooperate with Europe.
“A hundred and twenty days,” Biden replied. “Give me a break. Need time.”
(Biden was inaugurated on January 20, 2020, 145 days ago)
Man this is bad
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In 2018, Trump frustrated the European Union (E.U.) and other countries by enacting a 25 percent tariff on steel and ten percent tariff on aluminum imports.
The tariffs have led to positive developments for the aluminum industry according to the Economic Policy Institute, citing a 37.6 percent increase in primary aluminum smelting.
The steel industry in the United States has also cited the positive effects of Trump’s tariffs on the industry.
Biden is expected to meet with E.U.leaders on Monday.