Perry describes “ongoing conversation” in White House on steel tariffs: Report

March 7, 2018


Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Wednesday there was “an ongoing conversation” within the Trump administration on steel and aluminum tariffs the president announced last week, the Houston Chronicle reports.

“I think this is an ongoing conversation and a debate, if you will, an internal discussion,” he said at the CERAWeek energy conference hosted by IHS Markit. “I’m not going to speak for the president here today. I’m not sure he’s made up his mind with clarity where he wants to go on this.”

… “We need some flexibility to be able to move forward. That will be part of the dialogue,” with the administration, Plains All American Pipeline CEO Greg Armstrong said Monday. “We got about $1.5. billion of projects underway that use quite a bit of steel.”

But Perry argued Wednesday the administration needed to balance those needs with the loss of American manufacturing jobs in recent decades.