U.S. Says Retaliatory Tariffs Unjustified in WTO Complaint

The U.S. has struck back at retaliating nations by filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization.

The U.S. complaint says the steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the Trump administration were justified, but claim retaliation in response to the tariffs from trading partners was not. The complaint includes China, the European Union, Turkey, Canada and Mexico.

In a statement from the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer said, “These tariffs appear to breach each WTO Member’s commitments under the WTO Agreement.” Lighthizer says the U.S. will “take all necessary actions to protect our interests,” while urging the five WTO members named in the complaint to “work constructively” with the United States to resolve the matter.