February 23, 2018 / 1:54 AM / 4 months ago

U.S. Defense dept says prefers targeted steel, aluminum tariffs

WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department supports moves by the Commerce Department to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, although it would prefer a system of targeted tariffs rather than a global quota or a global tariff.

The Commerce Department on Feb. 16 recommended that President Donald Trump impose steep curbs on steel imports from China and other countries and offered the three options to the president, who has yet to make a decision.

The Defense Department said in a statement issued on Thursday that it was concerned about the potential impact on U.S. allies of the proposed measures and said that was the reason it preferred targeted tariffs. (Reporting by David Chance; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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