Trade Minister Raimondo acknowledged the positive effect of the duties imposed under President Trump.
US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo has vowed to continue the aggressive trade war with China launched by the Donald Trump administration, saying it will work “as aggressively as possible to protect American workers and businesses from China’s unfair practices.”
Speaking at a press briefing at the White House, Raimondo said that the tariffs imposed under Trump, which Democrats widely criticized at the time, “actually helped save American jobs in the steel and aluminum industries.”
Overall, the US has maintained tariffs on 66 percent of imports from China. Raimondo said the tariffs were necessary to level the playing field in international trade.
“China’s actions are uncompetitive, coercive, and unscrupulous. They have shown that all means are good for them,” she said. “So I plan to use every tool in my toolbox as aggressively as possible to protect American workers and businesses from China’s unfair practices.”
Three years ago, Trump imposed tariffs 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.