STORY: In a bid to battle inflation, U.S. President Joe Biden has asked his Commerce secretary to look at options for lifting some tariffs on China.
Gina Raimondo told CNN on Sunday that “we are in the process of doing that for him and he will have to make that decision.”
The tariffs were imposed by former President Donald Trump amid a bitter trade war with China during his term.
They target hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods.
Raimondo told the U.S. broadcaster that it may make sense to lift tariffs on things like bicycles and household goods.
Although she added that the Biden administration had decided to keep duties on steel and aluminum in order to protect U.S. workers and industries.
Raimondo also addressed the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage, saying it was likely to continue until 2024.
That’s in spite of an effort in Congress to ramp up U.S. manufacturing
"Congress needs to act and pass the Chips Bill,” Raimondo said. “I don't know why they are delaying."