LOUISVILLE, Ky. (ASSOCIATED PRESS) – Vice President Mike Pence has brought his boss's tough-on-trade theme to Kentucky bourbon country.

Speaking at a Wednesday rally to promote the Republican tax overhaul, Pence said President Donald Trump's administration is cracking down on what it sees as unfair trade practices that hurt the U.S.

Pence defended Trump's pledge to implement tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports.

Trump's tough talk on trade is making Kentucky's bourbon sector worried that their whiskeys could be a target of retaliation by some U.S. trade partners.

Pence also told hundreds of cheering supporters in Versailles, Kentucky, that the Republican tax cuts are revving the nation's economy. He says that millions of Americans have received bonuses or pay raises since the tax cuts took effect.