A U.S. government report that could lead to tariffs on automobiles is likely not being released by the White House because it lacks rigor and could deal a political setback for President Donald Trump, a top Republican senator said Wednesday.
“I’m not sure this 232 study on autos by the Commerce Department was done in a very professional and intellectually honest — well I shouldn’t say intellectually honest — way,” Senate Finance Committee chairman Chuck Grassley told reporters. “It may have some shortcomings. That’s why we haven’t seen it. It’s going to embarrass somebody. If you put it out it probably weakens the president’s political position.”