European Union slams trade 'bullies' as Trump tariffs row deepens

13 March, 2018, 06:08 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Malcolm Turnbull

Politico quotes the Mexican Economy Ministry in a release that says, "The process of negotiations for the NAFTA modernization continues on a course independent of this or any other internal political measure that the USA government takes".

The American administration has expressed a desire to get a NAFTA deal in a hurry and some prominent members have been suggesting that the threat of steel and aluminum tariffs might prod the negotiations along.

With his March 1 announcement of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports March 1, detailed in a White House ceremony Thursday, President Donald Trump had eschewed advice from a broad range of experts to make a provocative nationalist gesture that will likely do more harm than good for those it's supposed to help.

"The exemptions aren't a magical favour that was being done (for Canada)", Trudeau said. If they drop their horrific barriers & tariffs on USA products going in, we will likewise drop ours.

The European Commission refuses to negotiate over the issue, believing that Trump's tariffs are an attack on global trade rules and principles.

"There is no victor in a trade war".


Trump signed the proclamation on those tariffs last week and the exemption given Canada was a last-minute victory for the Canadian government.

Trudeau rejected calls by some Quebec union leaders to take a harder line in NAFTA talks and leave the table if Canada can not get a better deal.

The prime minister is on a cross-country tour of aluminum and steel factories to demonstrate his government's support for workers in light of potential threats to those industries from the USA administration. "Sure, they won't stop driving, but they will have less money to spend on other stuff". Marie, Ont., and Regina.

Overall, the primary metals industry in USA, which is largely steel and aluminum, accounts for just under 0.7 per cent of the economy.

Trump also emphasized the importance of quickly concluding negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) "to ensure the vitality of United States and North American manufacturing industries and to protect the economic and national security of the United States", the statement said. Quebec has a supply management system regarding dairy, poultry and eggs, which imposes steep tariffs on those products entering the country.

"Based on the fact that there are few parts necessary for the upkeep of a vehicle that do not contain significant amounts of steel and aluminum, this action will have a significant negative impact throughout the supply chain, including many small medium and small businesses and their employees that comprise the auto care industry", said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association.

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