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Trump Launches Investigation of Auto Import Threat to National Security; Tariffs Could Follow

Trump Launches Investigation of Auto Import Threat to National Security; Tariffs Could Follow

President Donald Trump asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross during a Wednesday meeting to consider investigating automobile, truck, and parts imports on the basis of national security, a decision that could lead to tariffs on such imports .

Trump forecast a coming announcement on autos when he tweeted on Wednesday morning:

Secretary Ross unexpectedly canceled a Wednesday morning speaking engagement at the Heritage Foundation, according to Breitbart News reporter John Carney.

In early March, the White House released a fact sheet on section 232 investigations and tariffs.

It began with the explanation, “Section 232 investigations help to determine the effects of imports on America’s national security and give the President the ability to address any threats to national security by restricting imports through tariffs.” If Secretary Ross initiates a section 232 investigation into auto imports, the Department of Commerce will have 270 days to issue a report to the President with findings of the investigation.

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