The Telegram (St. John's)

Trump to review security risks from fewer U.S. factories


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump plans to review the U.S. manufactur­ing base and supply chains because of possible national security risks.

Peter Navarro, the top White House aide on trade and industrial policy, says the president will sign an executive order Friday for a 270-day review to be led by the Defence Department. The order joins a Commerce Department review of imposing steel tariffs on national security grounds as a possible way the administra­tion could reshape global trade without having to negotiate new agreements with foreign countries. Administra­tion officials say the country lacks domestic companies that can produce flat panels, repair submarine propellers and print circuit boards, among other possible shortages in the event of war.

Navarro says the possible vulnerabil­ities are the result of factory closings since 2001.

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