Donald Trump orders investigation of steel imports

President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered the Department of Commerce to conduct an investigation to determine if steel imports, particularly those from China, are a threat to national security, a move in keeping with his protectionist campaign promises. Trump signed a memorandum as per Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act, which authorises the US president to set barriers or tariffs on imports of certain products for reasons of national security, Efe news agency reported.

As set forth in that law, Trump asked the Commerce Department to launch an investigation into whether steel imports have implications for US national security as a first step before deciding what additional measures he might take along those lines. Flanked by steel industry representatives, Trump remarked to reporters at the event that maintaining US steel production is something extremely important for the country's security and defense industry.

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