GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday a World Trade Organization ruling on national security was “seriously flawed”, a warning not to use it as a precedent to judge U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and cars. FILE PHOTO: A World Trade Organization (WTO) logo is pictured on their headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, June 3, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse The legal case in question was between Russia and Ukraine and did not directly involve the United States. But it was the first WTO ruling on “national security”, the basis for U.S. tariffs imposed last March on aluminum and steel imports and a planned U.S. tariff on imported cars. The ruling earlier this month clarified the limits of “national security” as a defense for breaking WTO rules against unjustified tariff barriers to trade. Any such claim should be “objectively” true, relating to weapons, war, fissionable nuclear materials or … [Read more...] about U.S. says WTO national security ruling ‘seriously flawed’
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Bryce Baschuk Bloomberg News April 05, 2019 The World Trade Organization published its first ruling on national security Friday, setting a legal precedent that will lead to a likely clash with the US over tariffs.The landmark ruling, on a dispute between Russia and Ukraine, both affirms the rights of nations to impose trade restrictions on national-security grounds and asserts the WTO’s authority to determine whether a security threat warrants such restrictive measures. The Trump administration has said the WTO doesn’t have the power to rule on these matters.WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo acknowledged the precarious nature of these types of rulings, saying it’s a “very dangerous development” for the Geneva-based trade body to begin mediating regional security conflicts. It’s not the place for the WTO to solve such … [Read more...] about WTO issues first ruling on national security, may clash with Trump
Sixteen states have filed a lawsuit in federal court in the Northern District of California against the president's declaration of a national emergency, challenging his use of executive power as unconstitutional. The complaint seeks to bar the administration from invoking emergency powers to divert money from other federal programs to fund the border wall. Do states have standing to sue? The Constitution limits federal judicial power by permitting it only to consider "Cases" and "Controversies." This fundamental requirement of "standing" is about whether plaintiffs—here, the states—have a sufficiently "personal stake in the outcome" of the litigation. To establish this threshold standing requirement, a plaintiff must demonstrate it has suffered a concrete injury, or that an injury is imminent. That injury must be traceable to the defendant. Finally, a plaintiff must demonstrate that if it wins in court, a court can redress that injury. States do not always have standing to … [Read more...] about National emergency: Do the state lawsuits have a chance against Trump?
John Haltiwanger, provided by Published 8:28 am CST, Saturday, February 16, 2019 Jim Young/Reuters President Donald Trump will face numerous legal challenges over his national emergency declaration for border wall funding, legal experts say. Trump declared a national emergency on Friday in order to reallocate billions of dollars of funding towards the construction of barriers along the US-Mexico border. Experts say this is the "first time" a president has invoked emergency powers because "his policy preferences are not shared by Congress," and contend Trump is setting a dangerous precedent for future presidents. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the national emergency declaration on Friday. President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to obtain funding for a border wall will "very quickly" face legal challenges and presents an "immense danger" in terms of … [Read more...] about Trump’s national emergency for border wall will ‘quickly’ face legal challenges and sets a dangerous precedent, experts say
WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner's application for a top secret clearance was rejected by two career White House security specialists after an FBI background check raised concerns about potential foreign influence on him — but their supervisor overruled the recommendation and approved the clearance, two sources familiar with the matter told NBC News. The official, Carl Kline, is a former Pentagon employee who was installed as director of the personnel security office in the Executive Office of the President in May 2017. Kushner's was one of at least 30 cases in which Kline overruled career security experts and approved a top secret clearance for incoming Trump officials despite unfavorable information, the two sources said. They said the number of rejections that were overruled was unprecedented — it had happened only once in the three years preceding Kline's arrival. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information, said … [Read more...] about Officials rejected Jared Kushner for top secret security clearance, but were overruled