The White House is circulating a draft report by the U.S. Commerce Department over whether to impose tariffs on automobile imports to protect national security, three people familiar with the matter said.
President Donald Trump was scheduled to meet with senior members of his trade team on Tuesday to discuss how to proceed on the potential tariffs, two of the people said.
The department in May launched an investigation into the national-security impact of car imports under section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act, the same provision Trump used to justify steel and aluminum tariffs earlier this year. The probe covers imports of automobiles, including SUVs, vans and light trucks, as well as auto parts. Commerce has until February to report its findings to the president, who has final say on any tariffs.
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