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Pool Report 2: memorandum signing and NAFTA
Mike Memoli • Los Angeles Times
April 20, 2017: 12:32 PM

Pool entered at 12:13 pm and remained for about nine minutes. POTUS delivered remarks on the memorandum he signed and also on NAFTA. Highlights, with more to follow:

POTUS called the signing of the executive memorandum a "historic day for American steel," saying his administration would "fight for American workers and American-made steel, and that's beginning immediately." The Commerce Department investigation could be completed in as little as 50 days, POTUS said, a timeline that is well ahead of what is called for under law.

In response to a shouted question about this will affect dealings with China on North Korea, POTUS answered: "This has nothing to do with China. This has to do with worldwide, what's happening. The dumping problem is a worldwide problem."

Acknowledging he was breaking from prepared remarks, POTUS also spoke out strongly on Canada, referring to his trip this week to Wisconsin. "What they've done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace. It's a disgrace," he said, adding that it was a result of a NAFTA deal that has been "a disaster for our country." "We'll be reporting back some time over the next two weeks as to NAFTA and what we're going to do about it."

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