EU, Canada And Mexico Threaten Tariffs To Retaliate Against U.S.

04 June, 2018, 07:30 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Trump to impose steel, aluminium tariffs on EU - report

But it granted an exemption to the European Union and other US allies; that reprieve expires Friday.

But the Canadian countermeasures also target Democratic lawmakers.

"Is there something on that list which causes some real difficulties?"

May said the U.S. should immediately rethink its decision, in what seems to be her first comment since the imposition of the tariff 24 hours ago.

Mexico hit back fast on USA tariffs on steel and aluminum on Thursday, targeting products from congressional districts that President Donald Trump's Republican party is fighting to retain in November elections.

Trudeau stated that the tariffs would remain in place unless the U.S. removed its own set of tariffs.

He has also threatened tariffs on up to $150 billion in Chinese products to punish Beijing for pressuring US companies to turn over technology in exchange for access to the Chinese market. "They're critical for national security".

At home, some have expressed doubts about the position Trump has taken.

May said European countries should be permanently exempted.

Tariffs fell out of favor as global trade expanded after World War II.

"I think that we've all had just about enough of Donald Trump". Noting her discussions with USA officials, she said.

"The United States has been taken advantage of for many decades on trade", Trump said in a statement.




"The unilateral action by the Trump administration severely damages that relationship".

But now, global supply chains are seeing some of their worst fears realized as the US spins itself into a trade war with its closest allies and biggest trading partners. Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom added that the USA, through months of negotiations, threatened steep tariffs in order to obtain trade concessions from the EU.

"It makes it really hard to believe that deliberations are in good faith if you're taking capricious actions like this that really hurt the other parties", he said.

"He's rewriting the trade agenda for his own interests, and it's working".

The U.S. decision came despite last-minute talks in Paris this week to try to reach a deal.

Canada has responded by imposing dollar-for-dollar tariff "countermeasures" on up to $16.6 billion worth of USA imports.

The EU trade commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom, said the EU "did everything to avoid this outcome". "Donald Trump is a bully and the only way to deal with a bully is to stand up and push back and we have to do that".

The Trump administration is planning to impose hefty tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum imports as soon as Thursday - a move that threatens to spark a trade war and blow up already tense negotiations over the North American free-trade agreement.

She said: "We are not seeking to escalate any situation but we need to respond and we'll do so in a measured manner, but not responding would be the same as accepting these tariffs which we consider are illegal".

"Because, in the end, the effect will fall on voters and citizens that live in districts where the people have a voice and vote in the (U.S.) Congress".

Most economists - Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro is a notable exception - say no.

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