His move, an assertive step for his "America First" agenda, has rattled allies across the globe and raised questions at home about whether protectionism will impede USA economic growth.
"Our greatest presidents from [George] Washington, to [Andrew] Jackson, to [Abraham] Lincoln, to [William] McKinley and others - they protected our country from outside influence, from other countries coming in and stealing our wealth and stealing our jobs and stealing our companies", he said.
This week's developments are the latest installment in a continuing controversy for the White House involving Daniels and a distraction from Trump's attempted rollout of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
Brazil, the second-largest exporter of steel to the US after Canada, is also the largest importer of USA metallurgical-grade coal to fuel the steel-making furnaces. Trump has said he would consider a wide range of policy options, but has not yet clarified his positions on how best to address gun violence.
"With these tariffs, I think it'll level the playing field", Davis said.
"I'm disappointed because we just passed a tax bill and this kind of flies in the face of that".
Many Republicans hold that imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum are an abuse of this law and are pushing to restrict it. And Trump took note of U.S. Steel's announcement that it planned to ramp up activity at its plant in Granite City, Illinois, and recall about 500 employees because of the new tariffs.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, appearing with Home Depot employees in Atlanta, warned of "unintended consequences".
Other Oregon manufacturers declined to comment on the tariffs.
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At Barcelona, Valverde was also asked if he could see a club one day spending €400m, and he replied: "I have no idea". But Neymar is a very good player. "We aren't going to talk about suppositions".
"I was left with the impression that this is not the end of the conversation", she said.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said he was optimistic Australia would be exempt from the tariffs.
President Trump on Thursday made good on a promise to impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports.
At the White House, an upbeat Trump chatted with the steelworkers, invited them to the Oval Office and autographed a hard hat.
"The actions we are taking today are not a matter of choice; they are a matter of necessity for our security", he said in a ceremony on Thursday at the White House, flanked by steel and aluminium workers.
Malmstroem hinted that retaliation was still an option if everything else failed: "We will have to protect our industry with rebalancing measures".
Attendees of the meeting included video game developers, members of Congress, representatives from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), and critics of violent video games.
The British government said tariffs "are not the right way to address the global problem of overcapacity" and said it would work with European Union partners "to consider the scope for exemptions outlined today".