Aluminum Probe Marks Trump Admin.'s 2nd Use Of Rare Law

By Melissa Daniels (April 26, 2017, 9:31 PM EDT) -- The Donald Trump administration on Wednesday launched a new investigation assessing national security threats from aluminum imports that could potentially lead to new tariffs, wielding an obscure trade law that allows for such probes for the second time in seven days.

Last week, the administration announced it would investigate steel imports through Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act, which allows the U.S. to impose tariffs if it decides that a flood of foreign goods poses a threat to national, economic or defense security. It was the first time the act had been used in 16 years.

Then on Wednesday, Commerce...

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