The Commerce Department on Friday recommended imposing heavy tariffs or quotas on foreign producers of steel and aluminum in the interest of national security, following a trade investigation of imports , according to sources.
On Friday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross reported that steel is in fact important to U.S. national security and current import flows are adversely impacting the steel industry.
In a 262-page document, Ross recommended a couple alternatives for the president to take "immediate action by adjusting the level of imports through quotas or tariffs." The Commerce Department's goal is to increase demand for American-made metals.
A 63-percent quota of those countries' 2017 imports is recommended in the steel report.
Trump could determine that specific countries should be exempted from the proposed quota, based on the economic or security interests of the United States.