Senior Republicans urge Trump to back down on tariffs

Senior Republicans urge Trump to back down on tariffs

EU stance on Trump's tariffs 'risks breaching' WTO rules

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that Japan's steel and aluminum shipments posed no threat to US national security.

"The proclamation will have a clause that does not impose these tariffs immediately on Canada and Mexico", Navarro said. "Exemptions will not address the fundamental problems tariffs will create for USA vehicle and truck manufacturing", said John Bozzella, president of the Association of Global Automakers, which represents worldwide brands in the U.S.

Trump linked the exemptions for Canada and Mexico to progress on renegotiating Nafta to favour the United States.

"We feel they (steel prices) will continue to go up", said a third source. "We had some concern originally when Nafta was adopted, but it turned out to really benefit us". But I have a feeling we're gonna make a deal on NAFTA. "That Canada could be seen as a threat to USA security is inconceivable", she said.

The references to security are critical. As in the case of sectors negatively affected, the national companies of the country and their employees who are positively affected are also the citizens of the country. The first mechanism is the ability of certain countries, with which the US have security relationships, to be exempted completely as long as they can assure the US Administration that there are "alternative ways to address the threatened impairment of the national security caused by imports from that country". Yet, Congress is now seeking countermeasures it can take against President Trump on this issue, but many Congressional leaders won't seek defense if Trump goes ahead with the tariffs.

The White House is now clearly avoiding that kind of talk: "We will have ongoing discussions with Canada and Mexico", a senior White House official said in a pre-announcement briefing.

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Two dozen conservative groups, including the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the National Taxpayers Union, urged Trump to reconsider, writing in a letter that the tariffs would be "a tax on the middle class with everything from cars to baseball bats to even beer".

The European Union this week threatened retaliatory levies on politically sensitive USA goods, and China last week sent an economic envoy seeking to clarify US demands.

Last year Rio Tinto and the other aluminium producers in Canada exported a combined 2,759,000 metric tons of aluminium, valued at over USA $5.6 billion, to the U.S.

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with steel and aluminum executives in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Washington.

All three sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they didn't want to publicly discuss industry purchasing trends.

Canada is the No. 1 seller of both steel and aluminum to the U.S. Trump's plan to impose stiff levies on imported steel and aluminum, confirmed today, could create a major crisis with our closest allies and have other unintended and disastrous consequences, like the 1930 tariff hikes that deepened the Great Depression.

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A full-court diplomatic press unfolded in recent days, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling Trump earlier this week, and then speaking Thursday with the Republican leaders of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. But Trump has threatened to withdraw the US from NAFTA, which he contends is often unfavorable to American interests.

"This has been a true Team Canada effort", said Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, also crediting provincial premiers, businesses and labour leaders.

She said Canada planned to keep this issue separate from NAFTA negotiations, as it has done with disputes over softwood lumber, paper, and Bombardier.

The conversation came shortly after the USA president attacked Canada and Mexico, two of the country's top global trading partners.

The pleas from a broad coalition of members including the European Union, Japan, Canada and Russian Federation came at the WTO's General Council meeting, according to a trade official with direct knowledge of the meeting.

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