WASHINGTON – US Commerce Secretary Gina Raymonodo has pledged to continue the aggressive trade war with China launched by the Trump administration, saying she will work “as aggressively as possible to protect American workers and businesses from China’s unfair practices.”
Speaking at a press briefing at the White House, Raimondo said tariffs imposed under Trump, which were then widely criticized by Democrats, “actually helped to save American jobs in the steel and aluminum industries.”
Overall, the US retained duties on 66 percent of imports from China. Raimondo said these duties are necessary to level the playing field in international trade.
“China’s actions are uncompetitive, coercive, unscrupulous. They showed that all means are good for them, ”she said. “Therefore, I plan to use all the tools in my toolbox as aggressively as possible to protect American workers and take away from China’s unfair practices.”
Three years ago, Trump imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum imported from most countries, saying the survival of domestic metal production was a matter of national security.