President Donald Trump said Monday that he will not rule out imposing new tariffs on seafood imports, after reports surfaced that his administration was planning to do so.
Trump was asked about the possibility of a tariff on seafood during a question-and-answer session at the White House.
Asked if he would rule out a tariff, Trump responded: “I’m not ruling it out.
I will let you know when I do.
I want to be totally clear about that.”
A spokeswoman for Trump’s White House said in an email Monday that the president has been working to develop a trade strategy that addresses the economic impacts of foreign imports.
“The president is focused on getting America’s economy growing again,” the spokeswoman said.
Trump and his administration have been pressing for new trade deals, including one that would address the impact of imports on the U.S. economy.
The White House and congressional Republicans have been pushing for a deal to reduce the burden of foreign trade, which could result in a trade deficit for the U-S.
and hurt businesses that depend on foreign markets.
The administration also is considering a new strategy for how to address the rise in food prices.
Trump has pushed a strategy of lowering prices on imported foods, but he has faced criticism for not using tariffs to impose a new tax on imports.
Trump said Monday he would not impose a tariff and that he would be open to other options.
He added that he does not believe there are any specific measures he is considering that will have an impact on imports.
“I think what we are doing is, what we have been doing is trying to get the prices down.
If you look at what we did in the past, we got prices down by 25 to 30 percent,” Trump said.
“So I think we are trying to lower the prices, but I’m not sure.
You have to look at the details.”
Asked about a new trade plan during the question- and-answer portion of the question and answer session, Trump said: “We are working on it.
We are working hard on it.”
The president also discussed the issue of health care.
Trump called the opioid crisis a “disaster,” and said it is important to make sure Americans are not “losing their jobs” to prescription drug abuse.
He said it was important to “get the drug companies out of the business of taking the money and giving the money to the doctors and the people who are supposed to be there to help the people.”
Trump has said he wants to create a “complete transformation” of U.N. programs and programs that help the poor, such as food assistance and health care, and to eliminate unnecessary and costly programs such as health care and public housing.