Steel and aluminium tariffs protected jobs in the United States

Gina Raimondo, US Commerce Secretary, while speaking at a White House Briefing, said that steel and aluminium tariffs imposed by former President Mr Donald Trump’s administration have helped protect jobs in the United States.

She said “The 232 tariffs on steel and aluminium have in fact helped save American jobs in steel and aluminium industries. So what do with the tariffs? We have to now level the playing field. No one can now out-compete the American worker if the playing field is levelled.

Ms Raimondo also emphasized that she will use all available tools in her power to aggressively protect US jobs from unfair trade practices by China.

She said “China’s actions are uncompetitive, conversive and underhanded. They have proven that they will do whatever it takes. I plan to use all the tools in my toolbox as aggressively as possible to protect American workers and businesses from unfair Chinese practices.”

She added “My broad view is that what we do on offense is more important than what we need to do on the defence. In order to compete with China, we need to rebuild America. We have to work with our allies and find common ground where we can.”

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