This is from President Trump's remarks announcing a Section 232 investigation on steel:
This investigation will look at how steel imports are impacting the United States national security, taking into account foreign practices such as steel dumping. Dumping is a tremendous problem in this country. They're dumping vast amounts of steel in our country, and they're really hurting not only our country, but our companies. Their targeting of American industry and other foreign strategies designed to undermine American industry as a whole.
And this was from the Q & A that followed:
Q Mr. President, how will this affect your dealing with China on North Korea? Are you concerned that this will affect that at all?
THE PRESIDENT: This has nothing to do with China. This has to do with worldwide, what’s happening. The dumping problem is a worldwide problem.
But there are rules on how governments can respond to dumping. Recall that the Appellate Body said the following in the 1916 Act case:
124. Article 18.1 of the Anti-Dumping Agreement contains a prohibition on the taking of any "specific action against dumping" of exports when such specific action is not "in accordance with the provisions of GATT 1994, as interpreted by this Agreement". Since the only provisions of the GATT 1994 "interpreted" by the Anti-Dumping Agreement are those provisions of Article VI concerning dumping, Article 18.1 should be read as requiring that any "specific action against dumping" of exports from another Member be in accordance with the relevant provisions of Article VI of the GATT 1994, as interpreted by the Anti-Dumping Agreement.
Is there an argument based on Trump's remarks that this Section 232 investigation is, in part, a "specific action against dumping," and one that is not consistent with GATT Article VI?