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President Donald Trump's administration claims it has doubled America's efforts to fight unfair trade, compared to Barack Obama's presidency. But a closer look at data from U.S. trade officials' efforts to counter the dumping and illegitimate subsidies accused of hurting U.S. companies shows Team Trump's efforts appear to be lagging.These efforts can hit snags, however, at the bi-partisan U.S. International trade Commission, which is independent and has the power to block the state's anti-dumping and "countervailing duty" tariffs when it sees no harm to U.S. industry.The combined annual value of imports in trade-remedy cases begun in Trump's first year amounts to just over $6 billion, involving imports from 29 countries.But in 2016, the U.S. issued final anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on $6.6 billion worth of imports from just 18 countries – almost $600 million more. The 84 new cases opened in Trump's first year still represent the most ever in the first-year of any U.S. administration, the spokesman said, adding that the tariffs allowed U.S. producers to compete and win on a level playing field.
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