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White House imposes tariffs on washing machines, solar panels

Joe Mont | January 24, 2018

“Trump declares war on Sun.” That was the snarky headline used this week by the website Now This News. In reality, the President targeted only a slightly less formidable foe: China.

Specifically, despite often repeated fears of a trade war, Trump executed on his “America First” doctrine by declaring new tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines. Critics fear the move foreshadowsa  trade war with China and an end to multinational trade agreements.

This week, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that the President had approved recommendations “to impose safeguard tariffs on imported large residential washing machines and imported solar cells and modules”.

USTR made the recommendations based on consultations with the interagency Trade Policy Committee in response to... To get the full story, subscribe now.