In December 2001, the House passed a bill to enable him to negotiate trade agreements with a one-vote margin.
But the U.S. president appears to be in battle mode.
A similar dynamic emerged in January when Trump ordered tariffs on imported solar cells.
Think of a tariff as a penalty - taxes make goods more expensive.
Liu He met US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer after a similar meeting with the three on Thursday. Historians say previous efforts to protect steel jobs have been largely ineffective.
"We will continue to engage with all levels of the American administration in the coming days so that they understand that this proposal is unacceptable", he said. "In this case, the harm will outweigh the benefit as a total".
"When prices across the board go up", Gandhi said, "the market could go down potentially far and could put us into a recession, which I hope does not happen".
Trade war: We operate in a global economy. You slap a tariff on stuff I sell to you, I'll come right back at you with a tariff on what you sell to me.
"It just makes no sense to highlight that Canada and Canadian steel or aluminum might be a security threat to the United States, " Trudeau said during an event in Barrie, Ont. "Trade wars are good", Trump tweeted, having argued that US interests were not being best served by cheaper imports of metals.
The prospect of retaliation from Canada, China and Europe sent world stocks tumbling towards a 2.5 percent weekly loss as investors turned to traditional safe havens such as government bonds, gold and the Japanese yen. "For Canadians, it's more resignation with the environment we live in". Ross said past attempts failed because the protective barrier had some holes in it. The free traders around Trump were frozen out of recent decision-making, according to U.S. press reports. He had been tasked with bringing a conciliatory message to China's largest trading partner but his trip was overshadowed by the US president's shock plans. People for and against don't tend to fall into neat categories. This marks the first use of the provision in 36 years, since a 1982 embargo on Libyan oil.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE): "Trade wars are never won".
Trump's policy may play well initially in the "rust belt" - home to in-decline heavy industry where he picked up a sizeable number of disaffected voters' ballots in 2016.
"For a real estate guy like that, you pound the podium, you rattle some sabres, you get everybody's attention and then you negotiate back to some reasonable midpoint", Orlando said.
While McNamara said there will likely be a "curving" of imports, "it's certainly not going to knock imports out of the market". "So the irony is this tariff is putting the rest of the manufacturing at risk".
HORSLEY: Trump doesn't need a green light from Congress to impose tariffs, but the crackdown on steel and aluminum imports is controversial even within the White House. "It is dismaying that the voices of farmers and many other industries were ignored in favor of an industry that is already among the most protected in the country".
"It's an unconventional approach", says Dean Pinkert, a partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed and a former commissioner on the U.S. International Trade Commission. That's what the WTO tries to do.
Automakers, for example, use lightweight yet durable steel sheet and bars to improve fuel economy - high-quality products for which it can be difficult to find alternatives.
Bucciferro, the EWU professor, said the tariffs would generate "only a few billion dollars", a relatively small amount given the United States' gross domestic profit of nearly $20 trillion, and it remains to be seen how much of the added costs would be passed on to consumers.