US President Trump orders wide-ranging probe into steel imports

US President Donald Trump has signed a memorandum launching a Section 232 investigation into whether steel imports pose a threat to his country’s national security.

The move drew praise from the domestic US industry but expressions of concern from foreign stakeholders. “We are going to fight for American workers and American-made steel by conducting a thorough investigation into steel imports,” the president said on Thursday April 20. “Thanks [go] especially to [Department of Commerce] Secretary Wilbur Ross for helping to lead this critical effort.” The investigation will consider production and capacity, workforce, investment, research and development, and other factors, according to the Department of Commerce. If any threats to national security from steel imports are identified, Ross will submit a report that will include recommendations for next steps, the agency said. The study will be prepared by Commerce, in conjunction with other agencies, within 270 days, according to the United Steelworkers trade union. Then the president will have as long as 90 days to consider Ross’ recommendation and what steps to take, if any, it added. “We will conduct...

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Grace Lavigne Asenov

April 20, 2017

22:52 GMT