Trump Administration to Push for ‘Reset’ of Global Tariffs



Ana Swanson | The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration plans to continue its aggressive trade tactics this year by pushing for a “broader reset” of the tariffs set at the World Trade Organization, a top trade official plans to tell Congress in testimony on Wednesday.

Robert E. Lighthizer, the U.S. trade representative, will tell the House Ways and Means Committee that the tariffs set for various countries are “outdated” and far above the levels charged by the United States, according to a copy of his prepared remarks.

The United States “must ensure that tariffs reflect current economic realities to protect our exporters and workers,” Mr. Lighthizer’s prepared testimony says.

The remarks suggest that American officials will continue their offensive this year on the World Trade Organization, the international body charged with writing and enforcing trade rules.

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