Analysis

Cold War-Era Trade Law Emerges As Trump's Magic Bullet

By Alex Lawson (April 21, 2017, 8:18 PM EDT) -- For its first substantial trade enforcement move, the Trump administration has dusted off a 1962 law that gives the U.S. broad discretion to impose tariffs on steel without much room for legal reprisal but will do little to cool trade tensions with major partners — namely China.

The White House had numerous tools at its disposal to impose sweeping new restrictions on foreign goods, but it has chosen to use Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act, which allows the government to take action if it feels that a wave of imports poses a threat to national security.

Crucially, though, the...

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