The Obama administration had identified a more direct solution. In its dying weeks it filed a case at the WTO, suing China for its aluminium subsidies. http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21723404-risk-donald-trump-has-wrong-solution-how-chinese-overcapacity-hits
Could this(dying weeks) mean the period when his administration had only few days left in office? Since "dying" in this case could also mean "ending"?