Trump signs sweeping tariffs, sparking outrage, trade war fears
Friday March 9 2018
US President Donald Trump. He declared that America had been "ravaged by aggressive foreign trade practices." PHOTO | AFP
Top trading partners the European Union and Brazil also launched broadsides against the tariffs, which are worth billions of dollars.
Leaning on a little-used and decades-old national security clause in US trade law, Trump said he was fulfilling a campaign promise.
"I've been talking about this a long time, a lot longer than my political career," he said. "We've been treated very badly by our past administrations, by presidents that represented us that didn't know what they were doing."