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Biden Commerce Chief Says Steel, Aluminum Tariffs ‘Effective’

  • Trump cited national-security concerns to justify tariffs
  • Unions, manufacturers have asked for duties to be removed
Gina Raimondo
Gina RaimondoPhotographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
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Tariffs that Donald Trump placed on foreign steel and aluminum have been “effective,” President Joe Biden’s commerce secretary said, an indication that the Biden administration won’t soon abolish the highly contentious duties.

“The data show that those tariffs have been effective,” Gina Raimondo said in an interview with MSNBC on Thursday. “What President Biden has said is there will be a whole-of-government review of all of these policies and decide what it makes sense to maintain.”