The March 9 front-page article “U.S. allies express confusion, anger and frustration” said European officials “made the rounds of congressional offices” and couldn’t find anyone who thought President Trump was right to implement the tariffs. But Congress wasn’t imposing tariffs; the president was.
These European officials failed to talk to the president’s key trade advisers, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro and U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer, all of whom support the tariffs.
The article described the penalties as a surprise, quoting an official with the National Trade Association of Brazil as saying the move was “impulsive.” The tariffs were no shock. Mr. Trump began this process last April by launching investigations into the national security implications of steel and aluminum imports. The Commerce Department delivered reports to him in January, and they were made public in February. They recommended tariffs, import quotas or both.
The article reported that foreign leaders said the tariffs will put their citizens out of work and suggested a trade war will ensue. Tens of thousands of unemployed American workers are the victims of a trade war launched by China ever since it gained entrance in the World Trade Organization in 2001.
Mr. Trump’s tariffs finally are an indication that the United States no longer will capitulate to China’s trade cheating.
Barbara White Stack, Wexford, Pa.
The writer is blog editor for the United Steel Workers.