Commerce Secretary Raimondo acknowledged the positive effects of duties imposed under President Trump
WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo pledged to continue the aggressive trade war with China initiated by the Donald Trump administration, saying she would work “as aggressively as possible to protect American workers and businesses from China’s unfair practices.”
Speaking at a White House press briefing, Raimondo said that the duties imposed under Trump, then widely criticized by Democrats, “actually helped save American jobs in the steel and aluminum industries.”
Overall, the U.S. has maintained duties on 66 percent of imports from China. Raimondo said the duties were necessary to level the playing field in international trade.
“China’s actions are uncompetitive, coercive, unclean. They have shown that all means are good for them,” she said. – So I plan to use every means in my toolkit as aggressively as I can to protect American workers and non-employees from China’s unfair practices.”
Three years ago, Trump imposed duties of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum imported from most countries, saying the survival of domestic metal production was a matter of national security.