Trump signs tariff order on metal imports

US President Donald Trump signing a presidential proclamation placing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports while surrounded by workers at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 8, 2018.
US President Donald Trump signing a presidential proclamation placing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports while surrounded by workers at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 8, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

US President Donald Trump has imposed steep new tariffs on imported steel and aluminium, drawing criticism at home and abroad.

Many have warned of a global trade war, but the move is seen as a political win for Mr Trump and could give a boost to Republicans ahead of the mid-term congressional election in November.

Mr Trump temporarily exempted Canada and Mexico from the tariffs - 25 per cent on imported steel and 10 per cent on imported aluminium - which go into effect on March 23.

China said it resolutely opposed the tariffs, and that they would "seriously impact the normal order of international trade".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2018, with the headline 'Trump signs tariff order on metal imports'. Print Edition | Subscribe