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UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 4:50 p.m.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce warns Trump against China tariffs

America’s largest business lobby is warning President Donald Trump against slapping big tariffs on Chinese imports.


Tariffs lift hopes for jobs in American mill towns

In the heart of America’s diminished steel country, support for President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imports is broad and bipartisan. It is tempered, though, by a strong streak of realism.


China says no to US trade war, but vows to defend interests

China said Sunday that it would not initiate a trade war with the United States, but vowed to defend its national interests in the face of growing American protectionism.


UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 2:08 p.m.

Trump tariffs may imperil a delicate global economic rebound

President Donald Trump’s announcement Thursday that the United States would impose heavy tariffs on imported steel and aluminum – with some countries potentially exempted – suddenly raised a fear that …


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 9:53 a.m.

U.S. trading partners, businesses say tariffs will backfire

The Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports drew warnings Friday from businesses and U.S. trading partners that the measure could backfire, provoking a trade war …


Noah Smith: Trump’s tariffs look like a self-inflicted wound

“Trade wars,” President Donald Trump recently declared, “are good, and easy to win.” But it’s questionable whether the president’s proposed tariffs – a tax of 25 percent on imported steel …


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 6:48 p.m.

Eleven nations sign Pacific trade pact as U.S. plans tariffs

Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries signed a sweeping free trade agreement Thursday to streamline trade and slash tariffs on the same day that President Donald Trump was expected …


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 9:57 p.m.

Trump orders stiff trade tariffs, unaffected by grim warnings

Unswayed by Republican warnings of a trade war, President Donald Trump ordered steep new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the U.S. on Thursday, vowing to fight back against …


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 5:26 p.m.

Icahn denies prior knowledge of Trump’s steel tariffs before selling stock

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn denied having prior knowledge of President Donald Trump’s plans to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum before he sold about $31 million of stock in …


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

Mexico, Canada and others may be exempted from US tariffs

The White House said Wednesday that Mexico, Canada and other countries may be spared from President Donald Trump’s planned steel and aluminum tariffs under national security “carve-outs,” a move that …


Ryan pushes Trump to take ‘more surgical’ approach to tariffs

Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Tuesday he’s had multiple conversations with President Donald Trump in which he has urged the president to take “a more surgical approach” to instituting tariffs …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Trump, Ryan face off in rare public GOP clash over tariffs

In a remarkably public confrontation, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican allies of President Donald Trump pleaded with him Monday to back away from his threatened international tariffs, which …


Tori K. Whiting: Higher tariffs mean higher prices – and fewer jobs

It got relatively little attention at the time, but two proclamations that President Donald Trump signed in January could have a large effect on your wallet. The proclamations in question …


Electrolux halts Tennessee project after tariff announcement

Electrolux says its plans for a $250 million plant expansion in Tennessee are on hold, and the Swedish appliance maker is pointing to President Donald Trump’s tariff action as the …


UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018, 10:59 a.m.

Trump’s tariff talk provokes rarely seen urgency among GOP

Republicans in Congress have learned to ignore President Donald Trump’s policy whims, knowing whatever he says one day on guns, immigration or other complicated issues could very well change by …


China looks to defuse trade tensions, asks U.S. for talks

President Xi Jinping’s top economic adviser told U.S. business leaders in Washington that China hopes the White House will revive high-level dialogue on economic disputes and name a new chief …


UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018, 1:47 p.m.

Speculation, uncertainty ripple across Washington after steel import tariffs announced

President Donald Trump’s plan to slap large tariffs on steel and aluminum imports could ignite a global trade war that hurts American consumers as well as Washington’s aerospace and agriculture …


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 7:34 p.m.

Trade war? Trump orders big tariffs on steel, aluminum

Ordering combative action on foreign trade, President Donald Trump declared Thursday the U.S. will impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, escalating tensions with China and other trading partners …


U.S. group: Beijing will retaliate if Trump acts on trade

The head of an American business group said Tuesday that Chinese officials warned him “there will be retaliation” if President Donald Trump launches trade remedies in disputes over technology, steel …


Trump hits solar panels, washing machines with tariffs

President Donald Trump is signing a measure Tuesday imposing tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 11:58 p.m.

Trump approves tariffs on solar-energy imports

Solar energy is booming in the United States, but companies riding the wave fear that President Donald Trump could undercut them this week if he decides to impose new tariffs …


Harrop: Trump’s NAFTA insults hurt Americans

Leaving NAFTA, the American Automotive Policy Council concludes, would amount to a “$10 billion tax” on U.S. manufacturers. U.S. makers of auto parts say it would force them alone to …


EU weighs retaliatory measures as U.S. eyes steel tariffs

The European Union’s top trade official says the bloc is preparing retaliatory measures in case the United States goes ahead with plans to impose steel tariffs on imports.


UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 8:43 p.m.

Trudeau’s reward for courting Trump is a trade war over lumber

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has always played nice with Donald Trump. The refugee-hugging liberal bit his tongue, flooded Washington with envoys, feted Ivanka Trump on Broadway and relentlessly talked …


Robert J. Samuelson: Trade warrior takes on phantom menace

What Trump gets from his trade crusade is a (false) rallying cry for more U.S. jobs. What the United States gets, if anything, is less clear.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 7:33 p.m.

Trump proposes big import tax, triggering fight with Mexico

Determined to wall off America’s border with Mexico, President Donald Trump triggered a diplomatic clash and a fresh fight over trade Thursday as the White House proposed a 20 percent …


Trudy Rubin: Trump ushers in state of disunion

His “America first” message to the world promised an aggressive brand of U.S. isolationism that will undermine our allies, and give adversaries a green light to expand their influence.


With or without wall, Trump wreaks havoc on Mexico’s economy

Donald Trump hasn’t even been sworn in as president yet and he’s already wreaking havoc in Mexico’s economy.


Trump tariff on GM would violate NAFTA, but that may not stop him

As president, Donald Trump won’t be able to punish General Motors for building cars in Mexico without violating NAFTA. That may not stop him from taking an unprecedented step against …


Ryan pushes back on Trump, says Congress will not raise tariffs

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, in a break from President-elect Donald Trump, said Wednesday that Congress is not going to increase taxes on imports and exports.