On March 1, President Donald Trump signed an executive order prohibiting the importation of shark fins and shark carcasses into the U., except in limited situations.
The order also bars the import of shark fin soup from Asia, except in those countries where it is legal.
It was the first time the U, the world’s largest producer of seafood, has issued such a broad order.
While the ban is aimed at keeping shark fin from reaching the U and stopping the spread of diseases like H.I.V., it’s also a measure aimed at curbing the use of the deadly parasite, which has infected more than 6,000 people worldwide since 2003.
At a press conference on Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended the administration’s actions, saying that the administration is trying to protect the American people and our economy.
“This is not an attempt to impose some kind of policy on the world,” Spicer said.
“It’s an attempt in order to protect our consumers and our businesses from the diseases that are destroying our economy.”
“I would argue that the American consumer is the number one consumer, the number two consumer in the world and the number three consumer in terms of seafood,” he added.
“And we are trying to do what is right for consumers.”
In a separate press briefing, the Department of Justice announced it had filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York against the state of California, which is one of the U’s largest seafood processors.
The suit argues that the order is a violation of the federal food and drugs act, which prohibits the import and export of drugs and medical devices without FDA approval.