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Trump Mulls Tariffs on Car Imports ‘To Protect National Security’

(Jennifer Jacobs & Jenny Leonard – Bloomberg)

The White House is circulating a draft report by the U.S. Commerce Department over whether to impose tariffs on automobile imports to protect national security, three people familiar with the matter said.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with senior members of his trade team on Tuesday to discuss how to proceed on the potential tariffs, two of the people said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, they didn’t give any insight into Commerce’s conclusions.

The department in May launched an investigation into the national-security impact of car imports under section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act—the same provision Trump used to justify steel and aluminum tariffs earlier this year. Click here to read more.