FRONT PAGE Donald’s blundering ways

In March, Donald Trump, true to one of his solemn electoral promises, decided to impose 25% tariffs on steel imports and a 10% levy on aluminium ones as a way of protecting the US metal processing industry, claiming that these imports threatened national security. Steel and aluminium are used in arms manufacturing and being dependent on a foreign country – this the reasoning put forward by the US administration – would make it impossible for the country to defend itself in the event of an armed conflict. In order to introduce the tariffs, the US president revived a 1962 law from the height of the Cold War. However, Trump has said that America’s “true friends” will be spared these tariff hikes.

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