Australia dodges USA metal tariffs after Trump, Turnbull do deal

Australia dodges USA metal tariffs after Trump, Turnbull do deal

Australia dodges USA metal tariffs after Trump, Turnbull do deal

Turnbull said the two leaders discussed the importance of a "fair and reciprocal" trade relationship between Australia and the US.

"What the prime minister made clear yesterday and what the president's tweet also referred to is now the legal process internally in the United States - it is effectively just about the paperwork that's got to be undertaken", Mr Ciobo said.

Mr Trump said last Friday that he was working on a security agreement with Australia that would exempt the country from planned tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

The White House said Trump welcomes any country with which "we have a security relationship" to discuss alternative ways to address U.S. concerns, including those about global excess capacity.

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It remains unclear how hard it would be for the European Union to win an exemption.

For her part, Minister Bishop insisted that in a meeting previous year Trump told Australian officials that if he instituted tariffs, Australia would be exempt from the policy.

Trump insists surplus production of those metals in China has been pushing down global prices, and that the tariffs are necessary for national security.

But EU leaders, most of whom are also North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, say the argument is illegitimate because even during crisis they could still be expected to be reliable sources of the materials.

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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.

"We need to assess it on a case-by-case basis and we'd look at that", he said.

"Our trade relationship, as the president acknowledges, is a fair and reciprocal one", Turnbull said.

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