US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testifies at a the Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday. Photo: EPA-EFE

Robert Lighthizer: ‘Absolutely’ OK to use tariffs to squeeze nations on non-trade issues

  • Testifying on Trump’s recent tariff threats on Mexico, US trade representative says ‘you do what you have to do’ when national security is involved
  • Asked by senators if Washington should impose tariffs on countries not doing enough to block Huawei, Lighthizer says it would be up to president
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US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testifies at a the Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday. Photo: EPA-EFE
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