(Damian Paletta & Josh Dawsey – Washington Post)
President Trump whiplashed Washington through 24 hours of chaos and confusion, culminating Thursday with a surprise announcement that he will unilaterally impose steep tariffs on all steel and aluminum imports.
His own aides were stunned. The stock market plunged. It was the moment many of his advisers had long feared would occur when he grew tired of talking points and economic theory and decided to do things his way.
The comments came in the Cabinet Room, where one day earlier, he had left Republicans slack-jawed by appearing to embrace liberal ideas on gun control, even proposing to seize firearms from people without a court order, a change from earlier in the week when he praised the National Rifle Association and called for arming teachers in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Click here to read more.
- Markets Fall as Trump Says Trade Wars Are ‘Good and Easy to Win’ (Guardian Business Live)
- Steel Tariffs Will Take America Back to the 1930s (Financial Review)
- ‘Declaration of War’: European Officials Offer Brutal Responses to Trump Tariffs (WP)
- Trump Blasted at Home and Abroad for Plan to Impose Steel, Aluminum Tariffs (Politico)