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U.S. steelmakers push Trump team for more trade defenses

* Steelmakers see ally in Trump adviser Dan DiMicco

* Protectionist stance could trigger backlash from car makers

LONDON/CHICAGO, Nov 23 (Reuters) - The top U.S. steelmakers' association said it has been in contact with President-elect Donald Trump's transition team since his election on Nov. 8, as the industry seeks tougher trade defenses under his incoming administration.

Trade restrictions are tantalizing for an American steel industry struggling with foreign competition, but analysts say new measures could trigger a backlash from U.S. carmakers and other consumers who want unfettered access to overseas markets.

"We initially communicated with the transition team prior to the election and are continuing that effort post-election," said Lisa Harrison, a spokeswoman for the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), whose members include ArcelorMittal USA , Nucor Corp, U.S. Steel and AK Steel Holding Corp.

She did not comment on the content of the talks or who was involved, but said Trump adviser Dan DiMicco, a former Nucor chief executive...


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