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Lighthizer Blasts 'Complete Hypocrisy' Of Retaliatory Duties

Law360 (June 26, 2018, 8:14 PM EDT) -- U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Tuesday accused countries retaliating against the Trump administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs of “complete hypocrisy” and defended the metal tariffs as a necessary step to protect U.S. security interests.

The European Union, China, Canada and Mexico have all imposed or are preparing to impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods in response to the steel and aluminum levies. In a bluntly worded statement, Lighthizer said those governments are posing an existential threat to the global trading order.

“These retaliatory tariffs underscore...
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