Department of Commerce
The U.S. Defense Department supports moves by the Commerce Department to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, although it would prefer a system of targeted tariffs rather than a global quota or a global tariff.
The number of international visitors to the United States has dropped for the first time since 2009, as did their spending, the U.S. Department of Commerce said on Aug. 11.
In 2016, 75.6 million international travelers ventured stateside, a two percent drop from the previous year. Their spending also fell by one percent to $244.7 billion.
Cheap energy prices kept U.S. inflation flat in June in another sign price pressures remain weak in the world's largest economy, Labor Department figures showed on July 14.
The falling price of gasoline also helped hold down US retail sales, which contracted for the second straight month in June, the Commerce Department reported separately.