Trump’S Exchange Plan Units Up Worldwide Clash Over ‘America First’ Strategy

For months, the Trump administration had been unable to settle on a coherent trade policy on everything from NAFTA to steel imports.
This week, Trump officials discussed a pending Commerce Department report into whether to restrict steel imports to protect national security.
And this week, top White House aides organized two days of high-stakes huddles aimed at drafting a final policy on steel imports, administration officials said.
Trump’s actions could bring back memories of former President George W. Bush’s decision in 2002 to slap hefty “safeguard” tariffs on steel imports to give domestic industry time to restructure.
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