US launches investigation into auto imports on a ‘national security’ basis

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The U.S. Department of Commerce has initiated an investigation into automobile imports to determine whether they “threaten to impair the national security” of the United States, the agency said in a statement on Wednesday night local time.

The probe will be carried out under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

Minutes before the announcement, the White House released a statement saying that President Donald Trump asked for the probe.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis to inform him of the investigation.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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