Trump Signs Order Granting Steel Import Sanctions On "National Security" Grounds

Tyler Durden's picture

At noon, Donald Trump will sign an executive order calling for a probe whether imports of foreign-made steel are hurting U.S. national security. The order will revive a decades-old, rarely used law to explore imposing new barriers on steel imports, in this case aimed loosely at China.

Trump will sign the memorandum related to section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 at an event in the White House that will include leadersd of several U.S. steel companies; the law will allow the president to impose restrictions on imports for reasons of national security. Trump’s directive will ask Ross to conduct the probe “with all deliberate speed and deliver the results to the president with his recommendations."

An official cited by Reuters sad that there are national security implications from imports of steel alloys that are used in products such as the armor plating of ships and require a lot of expertise to create and produce.

The move is another step in Trump's "America First" policies in which he has tried to boost U.S. manufacturers and preserve American jobs. It comes as he tries to coax China into taking a more active role in reining in North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

While an official said that the directive is not aimed at a specific country but is "product oriented", in recent years the US has seen a substantial increase in imports of Steel and related products from China, which has been dumping its exports around the globe, although in recent months has been either warehousing the product domestically, or using it as part of the latest housing bubble.

As the WSJ adds, the U.S. government hasn’t used the law to impose penalties since the creation of the World Trade Organization in 1995, which discourages such unilateral sanctions. The law was most famously used by President Richard Nixon in 1971 to impose an across-the-board 10% import surcharge to contain the U.S. trade deficit at the time.

The planned ceremony follows a Trump rally Tuesday at Wisconsin tool factory where he ordered aides to craft new policies increasing “Buy American” provisions for government procurement spending. In the speech unveiling the action, he blasted the WTO as “another one of our disasters,” and vowed to accelerate acting on his campaign promises to rewrite American trade policy.

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HRClinton's picture

It's to prove that he's not letting in Russian steel.

Lest they steel our country. 

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Has anybody else here noticed that Chinese stainless steel rusts? Every fucking thing made of chinese stainless that I've bought in the last 10 years rusts. Trump can call it "national security" if he wants, whatever works, but I'm sick of this shitty chink steel.

AVmaster's picture

Bought some "structural" for forming the frame of my own custom made car...


Shit bent like putty...


Turned out it was mostly pig iron...

PrayingMantis's picture


... > "The order will revive a decades-old, rarely used law to explore imposing new barriers on steel imports, in this case aimed loosely at China. "

... China will just use their extra steel to sell them to the BRICS consortium as well as use their extra steel to build more cars in China ... and sell these new offerings locally and to the BRICS consortium (who, incidentally, controls half of the planet's economy) and which could potentially and effectively wipe out US-made car sales in China and the BRICS consortium ... something like ... tit for tat?

>>> "Why electric crossovers, SUVs will dominate China's roads -
SHANGHAI - Never before have automakers launched so many crossovers and SUVs at the Shanghai auto show.    Those vehicles account for more than half of the new models exhibited at the show this week"

>>> view all the brand-spanking-new Chinese-made models here >>> ...


... have they learned anything yet? ...


... ps ... what's the matter, can't handle the truth?  ;)


...  and btw, before I forget, remember 911 steel removal?

... "WTC Steel Removal - The Expeditious Destruction of the Evidence at Ground Zero"

... >>> "The bulk of the steel was apparently shipped to China and India. The Chinese firm Baosteel purchased 50,000 tons at a rate of $120 per ton, compared to an average price of $160 paid by local mills in the previous year."




83_vf_1100_c's picture

  I order 18-8 ss metric screws in bulk for bike carb rebuilds and eventually see them again years later. They are sourced from several countries but maybe 1/2 are China manufactured. So far, good stuff. I have had issues with Chinese FKM seals. My take is you have reputable dink companies and others, not so much.

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

All it takes is for one of those screws to strip or twist off, and you will spend more time unfucking it than you would on a bag of legit hardware.

Metric screw fits are looser than a dick in a bucket, the Chinese made ones are looser than a Chinese dick in a bucket.

FrozenGoodz's picture

Another executive order for a probe, review, of a plan to plan the plan ... hopefully this isn't like 'US steel being used' for the pieline



BigFatUglyBubble's picture

I think Trump's pen needs some Alex Jones super pro ultra male vitality pills™.  It's flaccid and shooting blanks.

American Psycho's picture

I voted for the Donald for only two reasons:  (1) SCOTUS and (2) Repeal ACA (notice there is no "replace" mentioned).

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Japan, who was allied with the "Hail Victory" guys, didn't treat the Chinese so great.

Raffie's picture

The DOW is going up and PM just took a fall off the cliff.


To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

I've never been against some forms of protectionism and in this instance I am 100% behind Trump. I can't believe I am saying this.....

Duc888's picture



I've always been floored that throughout the last 20+ years our chip / processor manufacturing has been shipped overseas.  If that's not a National Security issue, then nothing is.

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

A random thought - I wonder if he's using this as a means of putting pressure on China to deal with the NORKs, i.e. we'll back off on an imported steel probe when you bring NK under control.

To be fair, he did say during the campaign that he would do this.  I am thinking that he's leveraging it to kill two birds with one stone.

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

I understand your logic, but I'm personally confused in my own thought processes and fail to see any USSA logic in their belligerence against NK, so I'm having difficulty piecing together a coherent understanding of where USSA policy with NK is ultimately aimed. Your steel hypothesis may be true, but if this was Trumps goal, it's a fucking dangerous game to play. Having a loudmouth dictator as NK has, who has never attacked another country, does not seem like a threat to me, but the USSA begs to differ. What pressure can China ultimately bring on NK? It seems to be a lot of posturing and lads having a pissing contest. A quiet Chinese word in the NK ear, would do more good than the neocon/Trump method.

IMO its an unnecessary stance by the USSA to take against NK. I would personally love to see NK, nuke the USSA fleet, if provoked and attacked first. That would teach the South Koreans for being a vassal state of the USSA and siding with the west, instead of repairing relations with their brothers in the North. Something big needs to shock the world and focus the mind on real issues. As things stand the entire world and the political classes are beholden to USSA dictates and the Central Bank moneymen robbing the world blind and placing them in debt.

Humans only face the serious challenges head on, when facing dire consequences. The world needs redrawing/rewriting for the better. As things stand the world is being consumed by a parasite class and we know who they are. My trip to the Congo shocked me. not because the people were poor, but where their resources are going and who owns them and makes the money. 

BlindMonkey's picture

Now we are back on #MAGA track!


Build that wall with American rebar!

Duc888's picture



Actually basalt Rebar is 1000% better than iron, no spalling.

asteroids's picture

His heart is in the right place, but there will be unintended consequences. I guess its better than Obozos drone strikes.

Brazen Heist's picture

Translation: We expect the Chinese to be "doing more" about North Korea!

j0nx's picture

Aaaand activist judge to overrule him in 3...2...1...

The Gladiator's picture

He plans to lob a cruise missile at any ship trying to bring steel into 'Murica. Gotta pertekt our nashnul scurity innerests!

 Meanwhile,China sells a baziliion dollars worth of US paper. You know,security interests and all.

DC Beastie Boy's picture

So what, they sell a trillion in bonds that the Fed buys, who gives a fuck?

DC Beastie Boy's picture

A true American and a true American move!

TheSilentMajority's picture


The Hawaii judge will block this.

Seasmoke's picture

Looks like they made this into bad news for Silver. Jamie Dimon is pleased

Bill of Rights's picture

Like we agree, fuck Silver.

0valueleft's picture

Is this when you tell us how you went Full Retail with silver. "Never go full retail".

Future lead farmer -

youngman's picture

The Chinese will thank us for cleaning up their all their plants shut down

BitchesBetterRecognize's picture

Trump will flip tomorrow saying all Steel should be imported from China. 

Fake Trump's picture

Or China is a currency manipulator.

silverer's picture

I heard they were going to pay Americans to mine it in China, then it gets shipped to the US. lol

Expat's picture

Trump is a pussy.  If he wants to protect America and American industry, then just say so.  Instead he hides behind an incredibly lame "national security" excuse.  he is embarrassing.  Are Chi-Com spies hiding inside billets of steels?  Is the rebar radioactive? 

Go ahead.  Put tariffs on all the shit you import.  You will only fuck yourselves over.  The Chinese and Indians will still be able to out compete the US Steel industry (lol.  what US steel industry?).  And if in ten years there are enough new plants in the US, steel will cost a fortune to produce and no one will want it.

Hooray!  Win - Win for Government and Big Business.  Government collects the tariffs which go to building bombs (which make General Dynamics, et al rich).  Big steel charges exhorbitant prices for domestic steel and gets super rich.  The rest of America (i.e. 99.9999% of Americans) get bent over a Made-In-America steel workbench and get nine inches of rebar up the ass!

Go 'Murica!  Idiocracy ain't got nothing on this crew.

PresidentCamacho's picture

Using national security as the rreasoning is very logical because it's already preceding USA law on the books. It also is a legal shield against any international trade lawsuits.

Blankone's picture

Using "national security" also follows the pattern, going many administrations back" of just making shit up. Pulling it out of the air. Everything is just a lie and it is now the character of the US people.

If Trump wants effective sanctions to result in US jobs he has to go after US companies who outsource jobs. For example the auto industry. Make US companies build in the US or their imported product in taxed. Of course you then may need to tax the competition to protect that industry.

I am not aware if any US steel manufacturers built steel plants outside the US. This tax is not going to get them or China to build a steel plant in the US either. There is such a lack of ability to compete that China can easily pass the tax on to the US consumer with no benefit resulting. And the govt gets more tax money.

Bill of Rights's picture

Embarrassing compared to what/ the former embarrassment?

Expat's picture

Still riding that horse?  Will you blame Obama for shit that goes wrong in ten years?  They are all embarrassing in their own way, but I honestly believe Trump is much more embarrassing.  He waffles, he lies, he says incredibly stupid things, reverses himself with more bullshit, and then goes play golf. 

silverer's picture

Are we supposed to still be blaming Bush? Actually, I'm OK with blaming anyone ever elected to public office. Blame whoever you like. It makes little difference when you think about it.

Expat's picture

I think you are allowed to blame them until they die.  So both Bushes are fair game.  Ronnie Reagan was  Holy Man and could not be blamed in life or death apparently.

Personally, I would execute or deport every single person who ever held public office and start afresh. 

silverer's picture

The age of government has passed. Expect nothing less than disorganization and incompetence from the pseudo leadership of the entire Washington DC Deep State.

Fake Trump's picture

Importing condoms is also a threat to National Security. 

hoytmonger's picture

Let's hear it for corporate welfare and giving consumers the shaft!

demi urge's picture

Nobody who's worth their shit in the US is using Chinese steel for anything quality already anyway.