The Trump administration is due to release a report by Feb. 17 that will address whether automotive imports threaten national security. The premise is absurd, but Trump has the authority to declare imports a national security threat, which would then allow him to place tariffs on those imports as a remedy. And Tariff Man, as Trump calls himself, believes tariffs will stimulate more domestic manufacturing, even though many economists say he’s wrong. So tariffs on auto imports could be coming.
New Risks for Trump on Trade