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


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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