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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The decision of US President Donald Trump to impose steep tariffs on aluminum and steel imports is not "erratic," but rather "consistent" and in line with his campaign plans, US Secretary of Commerce Ross Wilbur told the NBC broadcaster in an interview aired on Sunday.

    "I don't know how you call erratic a decision that he announced in 2016, that he was gonna help steel and aluminum… How is that erratic? That's consistent," Ross said.

    READ MORE: IMF: Trump's Steel, Aluminum Policy Could Hurt World Economies

    Trump said on Thursday that the United States would impose a 25-percent duty on steel imports and a 10-percent duty on aluminum imports. The NBC broadcaster reported on Saturday, citing sources, that Trump was allegedly angry and "unglued" when he made this decision.

    On Friday, Trump said trade wars were good and noted that the United States was losing money because of its trade policy.

    READ MORE: Fears for British Steel Industry After Trump Announces Tariffs

    The European Commission has expressed concern over the new tariffs and said it was working on retaliatory measures. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that Moscow shared Brussels' concerns.


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