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Why Trump takes a hard line on steel and aluminum

President Trump signed actions Thursday to impose significant tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, in a move he says will help protect American national security and jobs in those industries.

It's arguably his biggest and most controversial trade moves yet, stirring worries that retaliatory moves by other nations could damage global economic growth and lead down a path toward greater protectionism or even a trade war. But in the ceremony Thursday, the president framed the effort as a lever to push other nations toward fairer

Q: What is this dispute about?Q: The Trump administration’s proposed tariffs have stirred a lot of public worry. Why?Q: Are we headed for a trade war?Q: So who are the winners in trade sanctions?Q: Who are the losers?Q: Are trade sanctions ever justified?Q: Where could this dispute head?

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