Analysis

Trump May Be Tipping His Hand In Security Trade Probes

By Alex Lawson (May 2, 2017, 7:17 PM EDT) -- With rare national security-based trade investigations of aluminum and steel now underway, President Donald Trump has boasted about his new enforcement actions in a way that experts say may open the door for a previously unforeseen legal challenge at the World Trade Organization.

For the Trump administration, one of the most attractive features of launching the aluminum and steel cases under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 was the wide latitude the act gives the U.S. to impose trade restrictions on the basis of national security, ostensibly leaving opponents without much room for legal recourse.

But that may...

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