On December 20, President Donald Trump issued an executive order, “A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals,” that recognizes the U.S. is heavily reliant on imports of certain mineral commodities vital to the nation’s security and economic prosperity. This dependency on foreign sources creates a strategic vulnerability for both its economy and military to adverse foreign government action, natural disaster, and other events that can disrupt supply of these key minerals, the administration said.

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