Sep 6, 2018

China vows to retaliate as U.S. prepares $200 billion in tariffs

Workers unloading bags of chemicals at a port in Zhangjiagang in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

China's Ministry of Commerce has promised it will take "necessary countermeasures" if the Trump administration goes ahead with its latest round of tariffs, which would slap 25% duties on $200 billion of Chinese goods as soon as Friday, reports Reuters.

The big picture: The public comment period, which expires at 12:00 a.m. Friday, has seen hundreds of businesses and organizations speak out against the effects these tariffs would have on Americans, as they impact a greater cross-section of consumer goods than the $50 billion of China tariffs already in place. The tariffs could threaten 11 million U.S. jobs — most of which are concentrated in rural, deep-red parts of the country.

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Mattis on Fox in Septemnber 2019 in New York City. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis condemned President Trump for making a "mockery of our Constitution" in a statement to The Atlantic on Wednesday, saying he was "appalled" at the president's response to mass protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing.

Why it matters: Trump’s former defense secretary had refrained from publicly criticizing his former boss since resigning in 2018.