U.S. President Donald Trump meets President Paul Kagame of Rwanda during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 26, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RC14C60C1AD0
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Trump’s latest trade target: Rwanda

[caption id="attachment_4502" align="alignnone" width="1200"] U.S. President Donald Trump meets President Paul Kagame of Rwanda during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 26, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria – RC14C60C1AD0[/caption]

President Trump said Thursday that he will soon suspend Rwanda’s participation in a program that allows African countries to export apparel to the United States on a duty-free basis, citing the country’s refusal to permit U.S. exports of used clothing.

The latest sign of Trump’s uncompromising trade policy follows a petition from the U.S. used clothing industry, which complained in March 2017 that Rwanda and three other African nations were introducing a ban on foreign-made used clothing and footwear.

The imposition of steep tariffs was “already having an impact on exports of secondhand clothing from the United States to Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda,” the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association told U.S. trade representative last summer.

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