"The Trump administration slapped a 30% tax on imported solar panels Monday in a move that critics say could slow down a fast-growing industry and kill tens of thousands of domestic manufacturing jobs.
The administration's decision followed a trade case brought by two U.S. solar manufacturers. They contended that cheap solar equipment from China and other countries hurt their businesses. Trump had long promised to boost manufacturing jobs by cracking down on Chinese imports.
"The President’s action makes clear again that the Trump Administration will always defend American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses," the U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, said in a statement announcing Trump's decision."