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Jeff Flake Drafting Bill To Kneecap Trump On Trade Policy

12 March 2018

American steel and aluminum makers are rebooting stalled plants and calling back hundreds of workers with the expectation that President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs will soon be enacted.

Minister Hiroshige Seko told a news conference his US counterpart Robert Lighthizer had only explained the schedule and procedure of the USA actions in talks in Brussels.

President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Washington. NAFTA talks are expected to resume early next month. Trump has separately discussed withdrawing the United States from NAFTA.

Trump announced on March 1, that the U.S. was set to impose a 25 per cent tariff on steel imports and 10 per cent on aluminium imports.

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Fox said he would travel to Washington next week for meetings with United States officials about the tariffs and the possible exemptions for America's allies. "It's been an assault", Trump said at the White House.

Further, it authorizes Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to issue exemptions "for any steel article determined not to be produced in the United States in a sufficient and reasonably available amount or of a satisfactory quality".

"We will urge the global community to refrain from adopting measures that inhibit free trade", said the Korean minister, Paik Un-gyu, at an emergency meeting, according to a ministry statement. "So we just want fairness".

"We look forward to educating the Trump administration on the vital role the Japanese steel industry plays in the American marketplace", said Tadaaki Yamaguchi, a steel executive and the chairman of the Japan Steel Information Center.

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Last week's announcement of the tariffs have provoked criticism both in the U.S. and internationally, amid fears of a potential trade wars.

That scenario, Tom Donohue said, would endanger the economic momentum from the GOP tax cuts and Trump's rollback of regulations.

At Thursday's announcement, Trump was joined by US workers from the affected industries - but not GOP congressional leaders.

The Republican president surprised lawmakers in his own party in announcing the tariffs, which triggered the resignation of a top economic aide and drew the ire of global partners who vowed retaliation. The exemptions for Canada and Mexico could be ended if talks to renegotiate NAFTA stall. The Trump administration has not said how long the three sides have to come to a deal before the tariff exemptions will expire. "We will look at the impact on Japanese businesses and make a final decision".

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The order also ostensibly provides room for America's other allies to sue for exemption if they can demonstrate "alternative ways to address the threatened impairment of the national security". The probes were authorized under the seldom-used Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act, which gives the president broad powers to impose trade restrictions on domestic security grounds.

Jeff Flake Drafting Bill To Kneecap Trump On Trade Policy