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Yesterday, American president Donald Trump met with the Electronic Software Association (ESA) and representatives from major games publishers such as a Bethesda and Take-Two Interactive.
He's urging his colleagues to pass the bill before the administration inflicts "more damage on the economy". Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, said it's better to target "these rogue players".
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Trump had listened to him and others who disagree with the direction of the trade policies.
Business leaders, meanwhile, continued to sound the alarm about the potential economic fallout from tariffs, with the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce raising the specter of a global trade war. In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, game industry officials were invited to the White House to speak with then-Vice President Joe Biden. He signed separate proclamations ordering the tariffs.
Mexico and Canada are among the main suppliers of steel to the US.
Barron Trump, left, with his father in November.
President Trump's plan is aimed at protecting U.S. producers from unfair competition. Congress is expected to vote next week on the first school-safety bill since the Parkland shooting, allocating $50 million a year for teacher training and reinforced classroom doors, among other things. In 2017, the trade deficit hit $566 billon, well below Trump's number of $800 billion.
This week, Trump ramped up his charade of a crusade, despite the fact that no link between video games and violence has ever been established. "Participants who played a car-themed game were no quicker at categorizing vehicle images, and indeed in some cases their reaction time was significantly slower", Zendle said.
Peter Navarro, who was recently given more say on trade policy by Trump, told Bloomberg on Wednesday that he is not on a shortlist to replace Cohn.
Says Trump, "It's really an assault on our country".
Earlier today, Ms Bishop said she had "no expectation" that Australia would be exempt from the import taxes but has since noted "a change in language" from the White House. Trump has told associates the tariffs could be helpful to the GOP cause in the election in the heart of steel country.
The president has said the tariffs are needed to reinforce lagging American steel and aluminum industries and protect national security.
"There would be a case-by-case and country-by-country basis, but it would be determined whether or not there would be a national security exemption".
Trump said on Monday that Canada and Mexico would only be excluded after the successful renegotiation of NAFTA.
The people were not authorized to discuss details in advance and spoke on condition of anonymity.
After the 2013 meetings wrapped, the White House called on research on the effect of media and video games on gun violence but nothing substantial came out of that.
Other countries, including China, are also considering retaliatory steps.
The announcement comes amid a last-minute lobbying effort to blunt the impact of tariffs.
Today, more than two-thirds of US homes (67%) have a video game device, according to the ESA. Trump was still hearing last-minute pleas from opponents of the tariff plan, and White House officials said they couldn't predict how the day would shake out.
The European Union said it would strike back against the threatened tariffs, with counter-measures against flagship U.S. products such as peanut butter, orange juice and bourbon whisky.