Trump to Sign Executive Order Probing Security Threat of US Steel Imports

© REUTERS / Kevin LamarqueU.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he hosts a CEO town hall on the American business climate at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, U.S., April 4, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he hosts a CEO town hall on the American business climate at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, U.S., April 4, 2017 - Sputnik International
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US President Donald Trump is expected to take executive action on Thursday directing the Department of Commerce to investigate whether certain steel imports may pose a threat to national security in the United States, media reported.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Politico reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources, that Trump is expected to sign an executive order directing the Commerce Department to investigate if certain steel imports into the United States should be blocked as a national security threat.

Trump’s executive order would order Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to launch an investigation under a US trade law provision requiring him to report in 270 days whether a specific product is being imported in sufficient quantities that threaten national security, the report stated.

China’s ability to produce excess steel is seen as a long-term threat to the US steel industry, the report added.

It's unclear if the executive order will target any particular countries, the report stated.

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