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Trump and Angela Merkel after a White House press conference in April. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Trump administration has decided to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on European countries, as well as Canada and Mexico.

Why it matters: Trump's trade war now extends far beyond China, and is hitting the closest U.S. allies. EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU has "no choice" but to retaliate — with previously floated targets including Harley Davidson motorcycles and Kentucky bourbon — while Mexico has already announced it will hit "pork bellies, grapes, apples and flat steel," per the AP. The news also comes amid NAFTA negotiations with Canada and Mexico.

The details, per the NY Times: "A 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico, which supply nearly half of America’s imported metal, will go into effect at midnight Thursday, Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, said on a call with reporters."

Axios' Jonathan Swan on why it matters:

  1. Domestic and imported steel and aluminum prices could spike.
  2. Retaliatory measures could come into effect almost immediately, and increase the likelihood of a broader trade war.
  3. This is going to have knock-on effects. Until now, the only country that has directly retaliated against the U.S. on these steel and aluminum tariffs is China. Other countries have made threats but haven’t retaliated yet. Should the EU decide to do so, that would effectively give cover for other WTO members to do the same.

Europe is already furious with Trump over his Iran deal decision. This will only deepen the divide, Célia Belin of Brookings notes: "It's one thing to take a decision that disregards European interests. It's another thing to take a decision that attacks European interests."

Go deeper: Europe's pent-up fury with Trump.

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DOJ: Capitol rioter threatened to "assassinate" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Supporters of former President Trump storm the U.S. Captiol on Jan. 6. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A Texas man who has been charged with storming the U.S. Capitol in the deadly Jan. 6 siege posted death threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the Department of Justice said.

The big picture: Garret Miller faces five charges in connection to the riot by supporters of former President Trump, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and making threats. According to court documents, Miller posted violent threats online the day of the siege, including tweeting “Assassinate AOC.”

Schumer calls for IG probe into alleged plan by Trump, DOJ lawyer to oust acting AG

Jeffrey Clark speaks next to Deputy US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a news conference in October. Photo: Yuri Gripas/AFP via Getty Images.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Saturday called for the Justice Department inspector general to investigate an alleged plan by former President Trump and a DOJ lawyer to remove the acting attorney general and replace him with someone more willing to investigate unfounded claims of election fraud.

Driving the news: The New York Times first reported Friday that the lawyer, Jeffrey Clark, allegedly devised "ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. [Jeffrey] Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark."