President Trump tweeted this morning that an on-again, off-again afternoon meeting to “protect & build our Steel and Aluminum Industries” — one that may include the signing of a proclamation instituting tariffs — is very much on again.
Looking forward to 3:30 P.M. meeting today at the White House. We have to protect & build our Steel and Aluminum Industries while at the same time showing great flexibility and cooperation toward those that are real friends and treat us fairly on both trade and the military.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 8, 2018
The big picture via Axios’ Jonathan Swan: “[A]s late as 10pm last night it was NOT happening today. Trump always wanted it today so seems like he made the definitive call this morning.” President Trump wants to sign a presidential proclamation tomorrow to set his steel and aluminum tariffs in motion, according to two senior administration officials. (More on how proclamations work below).