White House says Mexico and Canada may be exempt


The White House says there could be exemptions to US plans to impose tariffs on metal imports, in a softening of its tough stance.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders said Canada, Mexico and other countries may see "carve-outs" on national security grounds.

US President Donald Trump has said steel products will face a 25% tariff, with 10% on aluminium goods.

But there are fears the plans could spark a trade war.

The EU has proposed retaliatory measures against a number of US goods including bourbon and peanut butter.

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