'Brutal' Canada has 'outsmarted our politicians for decades,' Donald Trump says

Nellie Chapman
March 12, 2018

As with his other America First policies, Trump's protectionist move faces criticism even inside the USA, with news reports saying that some of his advisers opposed imposition of the new tariffs.

"We have been building a global trading system for decades".

"But of course the European Union also continues the preparations to ensure a firm and proportionate response in line with the WTO rules in the event United States measures should be applied", he added.

"The European Union, wonderful countries who treat the USA very badly on trade, are complaining about the tariffs on Steel & Aluminum", he posted on Twitter. The UK would face higher USA tariffs for its exports and UK consumers would have to pay more for USA products we value and want. "Big Deficit. If not, we Tax Cars etc. FAIR!"

The steel tariff threat was seen by many to be an attempt by the Trump administration to pressure Canada and Mexico to complete the NAFTA talks - giving in to other US demands or giving up some of their own - rather than risk the punishing steel and aluminum duties.

Some European policymakers said they anxious the tariffs were part of a broader assault by the Trump administration on ties between Europe and Washington, which has been the backbone of the post-World War II Western order.

Nations have also rebuffed Mr Trump's attempt to justify the tariffs on national security grounds.

Of all the untrue and unhinged things President Trump has said during his time in office, this ranks as one of the most truly inane: "Trade wars are good and easy to win".

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"The European Union, wonderful countries who treat the US very badly on trade, are complaining about the tariffs on Steel & Aluminum".

Turnbull also said Australia would not join an worldwide protest against the US tariffs. "Indeed, new shale-gas-inspired projects along the U.S. Gulf Coast will render U.S. commodity chemical producers increasingly reliant upon export markets over the next three to five years". "But we are not afraid, we will stand up to the bullies", Malmstroem said.

It is not too much to say that no other country would suffer more from USA tariffs than South Korea, which is too dependent on exports for economic growth.

What is unfolding before us is also a good reminder that we need to make a complete review of trade policy per se the United States under Trump.

A meeting in Brussels between Malmstrom and her USA counterpart Robert Lighthizer on Saturday ended without a breakthrough, as the European Union didn't receive reassurances that it will be exempted from metal tariffs. He invoked the rarely used Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act which authorises the Secretary of Commerce to conduct comprehensive investigations to determine the effects of imports of any article on the United States national security.

Some Republicans are talking about blocking Trump's tariffs if they can not convince the president to change his mind.

Republican Senators Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Cory Gardner (Colo.) both signaled support on Sunday for Flake's bill to stop the tariffs, though Johnson cautioned it would not likely get enough votes to override a presidential veto. Free Trade Agreement as well as talks on cost-sharing for the US military presence.

Trump received rare support, however, from a liberal Democratic congresswoman, Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA.

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