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The Wall Street Journal: U.S. halves special tariffs on Turkish steel imports

The Trump administration trimmed special tariffs on steel imports from Turkey to 25%, the White House said Thursday, after having raised the duty to 50% last year.

Turkey and many other U.S. trade partners were hit with broad steel and aluminum tariffs a year ago under a rarely used U.S. national-security law.

President Trump subsequently raised the duty on Turkish steel to 50% in August as his administration quarreled with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the country’s detention of an American evangelical pastor.

Trump and Erdogan pledged to boost bilateral trade after the pastor, Andrew Brunson, returned to the U.S.

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