Members and Press Call – Trump’s Tariffs by Atlantic Council published on 2018-03-08T15:55:33Z A discussion with Mr. Grant Aldonas Executive Director, Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL), Georgetown University Law Center; Former US Under Secretary of Commerce Mr. Michael Gadbaw Former Vice President and Senior Counsel, General Electric Ms. Jennifer Hillman Fellow, IIEL, Georgetown University Law Center; Former Member, World Trade Organization Appellate Body Mr. Naboth van den Broek Partner, WilmerHale Moderated by Mr. Bart Oosterveld C. Boyden Gray Fellow on Global Finance and Growth; Director, Global Business & Economics Program, Atlantic Council Dr. Chris Brummer Faculty Director, Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL), Georgetown University Law Center; Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council After President Trump ordered investigations last year into imports of foreign steel and aluminum and their potential impact on economic security, the US Department of Commerce last month suggested three different solutions: a global tariff, tariffs targeted at key countries mixed with quotas, and a universal quota. This past Thursday, President Trump announced that he would sign an order introducing 25 percent tariffs on steel imports and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum imports next week. Key US trading partners responded that they are prepared to retaliate should the US impose any tariffs. What is the legal framework of this action and potential responses? Is this the start of a trade war or are there alternative actions available?