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Trump said that American aluminum and steel "are vital to our national security. ... They are the bedrock of our defense industrial base."
Military purchases account for a small fraction of U.S. production for both metals, to say nothing of foreign imports. Critics add that the tariffs could have negative impacts on national security that aren’t taken into account by the White House or Commerce Department.
Bolstering Trump’s point, however, the 1962 law used as justification for the tariffs specifically allows a more expansive definition that adds far-reaching critical infrastructure to specific military activities.
Because this claim needs so much additional context, we rate the statement Half True.