United States president Donald Trump told reporters yesterday that legislation to address dumping of aluminium on the U.S. market will emerge “soon.”
Trump gave no further details on the legislation or a more precise timeframe. However, such a revelation took few experts by surprise, as taking action to protect (and, in some cases, resurrect) the United States’ manufacturing sector has been a constant refrain taken by the president since his campaign for the office was launched two years ago Friday.
The president’s most significant act in the realm to date came in late April when he directed the Commerce Department to begin an investigation into aluminium imports pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which grants the president the ability to impose any amount of tariffs or even ban imports entirely of a material if the Commerce Department returns to him a finding that imports of that material pose a national security threat. A similar investigation was initiated of steel imports a week prior upon the same grounds.