The president's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports have strained ties with American trading partners. Rachel Martin talks to Pascal Lamy, former director-general of the World Trade Organization.
RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: U.S. trading partners around the world are grappling with how to respond to President Trump's new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The president says the move protects U.S. national security. But the fact that Canada, Mexico and Australia have been exempted undercuts the notion that this is about national security, and it raises speculation that these tariffs will face a legal challenge at the World Trade Organization, or the WTO. Pascal Lamy is a former WTO director-general, and he joins me now from Paris.
Thank you so much for being with us this morning.
PASCAL LAMY: My pleasure, Rachel.
MARTIN: Do you think the Trump administration's national security argument for these tariffs will hold up if challenged by other nations at the WTO?
LAMY: Well, that's open to interpretation by the WTO dispute settlement. But it, for sure, looks quite strange to invoke this national security/defense argument in trade with, for instance, other NATO members. NATO is a defense alliance between a large number of European countries and the United States of America, and the notion that they would be at war with each other is clearly very, very stretched - as least, seen from Europe.