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The investigation, which the Commerce Department initiated on the eve of Trump's planned signing, could result in tariffs or other restrictions on foreign imports of aluminum, which could have a direct effect on China, one of the largest exporters of aluminum.
The investigation comes as US aluminum production has significantly decreased in recent years, sparking concerns in the Trump administration that the US aluminum industry might not be capable of handling production demands of the US defense industry should war preparations become necessary.
The executive action is just the latest that could have implications for the US-China trading relationship, coming a week after Trump directed a similar investigation into steel imports. China has been accused of dumping steel in the US market, hurting US manufacturers of the product.
Ross said the latest action, like several other trade actions Trump has taken in recent weeks, were aimed at following through on promises he made during the campaign, when he promised action on trade.
"It shouldn't surprise you that he's following through and it certainly shouldn't surprise you that I'm following through," Ross said.
originally posted by: babybunnies
[snip] Demise of manufacturing in USA hasn't been due to other countries, it's due to automation, bought in by American companies.
If you want to make something in America, you'd better be working for a weapons manufacturer.