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Commerce Department Urges Crackdown On Imported Steel And Aluminum

President Trump is considering imposing tariffs or quotas on imported steel and aluminum. The Commerce Department says action is needed to protect the domestic industries vital to national security.
A Chinese worker loads steel tubes onto a truck in China's Jiangsu province in 2016. The Trump administration is considering imposing steep tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Source: AFP/Getty Images

The Commerce Department on Friday recommended setting strict new limits on imported steel and aluminum, saying action is needed to shore up U.S. industries vital to national security.

The recommendations, made after a 10-month investigation, are based on a seldom-used statute that aims to protect critical defense-related businesses.

"We cannot be without a steel industry," President Trump said Monday during a

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