Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that he agreed with President Trump's efforts to impose tariffs on lumber imports from Canada.
Carter said the reason was personal: his own family is involved in the timber business and owns about 1,800 acres of timberland.
"Timber sales are a major source of income for my own family, and we have suffered financially for many years from an unfair advantage enjoyed by our major competitor in this vital market," Carter wrote in a op-ed for the Washington Post.
The Commerce Department announced last month that it had determined that exporters of softwood lumber from Canada received subsidies of 3.02 percent to 24.12 percent and was therefore seeking countervailing duties from Canada through the International Trade Commission. Canada complained about the announcement, but Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the determination was "based on the facts presented, not on political considerations."
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