Trump: rare earths essential to US defense
Issues presidential determinations for Pentagon to bolster production of elements "essential to the national defense"
Last updated 9/26/2019 at 7:10pm
With the issuance of five presidential determinations related to the domestic production of rare earth metals and magnets, President Donald Trump is making it clear the White House sees this group of 17 technology elements as essential to the security of the United States.
In five memos sent to the secretary of defense on July 22, Trump made an official determination under Section 303 of the De...