US media reveal that government trade officials and steel interest groups use each other
Date:2018-04-10 View:302 Tag:US media reveal that government trade officials and steel interest groups use each other
The US "Wall Street Journal" disclosed in a report on the 16th that Peter Navarro, director of the White House National Trade Commission, has a close relationship with the US steel industry interest group and has instructed steel companies to provide funds to shoot documentaries supporting their political views.
According to the report, in 2011, the American steel company Nucor paid $1 million to Navarro’s production company to shoot the documentary “Deadly China,” according to Navarro’s instructions, through a non-governmental organization in San Diego, California. The blame for the decline of the U.S. steel industry lies with China. Analysts believe that this film has a strong political purpose, focuses on some interest groups, and lacks objective and fairness.
US President Trump signed an announcement last week, announcing that tariffs of 25% and 10% will be imposed on imported steel and aluminum products from the 23rd of this month. Since Navarro entered the Trump administration, he has been pushing for high tariffs on steel and aluminum products. Some people think that Trump's move is the result of Navarro's push.
The report said that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating the operation of Navarro’s funds. As this matter was revealed, more and more people questioned the motives for the implementation of the steel-aluminum high-tariff policy, which is clearly beneficial to the relevant steel industry, but may damage the overall well-being of the American people.
David Richardson, a political analyst who served in the Congress during the Reagan period, commented on Xinhua News Agency reporters that Navarro had used interest group sponsorship to shoot a movie supporting his political views. This is contrary to the ethical guidelines. In essence, steel companies want to seek protection and disregard the normal operation of the global economy.