Trump targeting $60 billion tariffs on Chinese imports in 100 items

WION Web Team
Washington, DC, USA Published: Mar 14, 2018, 01:06 AM(IST)

The Trump administration has already started renegotiating NAFTA. Photograph:( Reuters )

President Trump's administration is targeting China import tariffs upto $60 billion even as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the US Senate was "highly unlikely" to pass legislation to nullify tariffs which President Trump has announced.

America is keen to impose tariffs on information technology, consumer electronics and telecoms, newswire Reuters quoted.
The list could include as many as 100 products, the Reuters report said.

China runs a $375 billion trade surplus with the United States. The White House, however, declined to comment on the size or timing of any move.

China had earlier indicated it would strike back against any US move to impose tariffs.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader McConnell said there was still "a lot of concern" about the tariffs among Republicans.

Earlier, Senate Republican Jeff Flake had announced he was introducing legislation to nullify the tariffs.

"You can be pro-growth, you can be pro-tariff, but you can't be both," Flake said on the Senate floor.

Overcoming a veto requires a two-thirds majority in both the Senate and House of Representatives, meaning the Republican majority would need significant support from the Democratic opposition.

The Trump administration has already started renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) even as Canadian PM Trudeau told Trump last week tariffs would be an impediment to talks on updating NAFTA.


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