Less than two weeks after the Commerce Department made public its recommendations on remedies that could be imposed on steel and aluminum imports, President Trump on Thursday is expected to announce his decisions in both investigations under Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act, sources told Inside U.S. Trade.
[ Jenny Leonard | March 1, 2018 | Inside US Trade]
Noting that administration officials on Wednesday were still talking to industry and union representatives about options, these sources said it was not clear what remedies Trump would announce. Also not clear was what countries, if any, would be excluded from the remedies the president chooses.
Sources said lawyers late Wednesday were still reviewing the paperwork and that the White House was sending mixed signals on whether Thursday’s event would be a full announcement of the remedies or a less definitive meeting with industry and union officials.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross submitted his report in the steel probe on Jan. 11 and the aluminum investigation on Jan. 19. Both were made public on Feb. 16 after Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden (D-OR), at a Feb. 13 White House meeting, urged the president to allow more transparency in the investigations if he wanted their input.
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