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Brown Supports Trump's Tariffs On Steel, Aluminum

12 Mars 2018

Yesterday, President Trump signed two tariff proclamations, imposing a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum.

The White House said that Thursday´s meeting will be the first of several and will include an industry trade group, conservative activists and members of Congress, including Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. The president said he would exempt Canada and Mexico as "a special case" while negotiating for changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

"Everything you have for breakfast", Malmstroem said.

The administration clarified this week that Canada, where the US gets most of its steel, would be exempt, as would Mexico. On Thursday, Trevor Noah addressed something the other hosts haven't: Trump's Thursday meeting about violent video games maybe is the reason why people shoot each other. The EU intends to hit a range of US goods with punitive tariffs in retaliation should the bloc face the USA import taxes.

"We are friends, we are allies", European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said Friday.

Trump is hoping tariffs on foreign-made steel will make the domestic market more competitive, but already, prices are going up at American mills. "Or could the industry listen to the better angels of their nature and say, we just don't want to do it, on a voluntary basis?" As far as he can tell, if video games were as influential as politicians say, why is it just with guns?

"I don't think there should be any government control over it", Bozell said. She will meet US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Japanese Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko in Brussels on Saturday when she will ask whether the European Union is to be included in the tariffs. The tariffs would "seriously impact the normal order of worldwide trade", the Ministry of Commerce said.

The EU has warned that it could retaliate with tariffs on USA steel, agricultural and other products, such as peanut butter, cranberries and orange juice. The EU, Brazil and Britain were also quick to launch broadsides against the tariffs, which are worth billions of dollars.

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono said the tariffs "could make a significant impact on the economic and cooperative relationship between Japan and the US, who are allies".

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, meanwhile, called the announcement a "step forward" and said Canadian officials had exerted tremendous efforts to get the exemption.

"We urge you to reconsider the idea of broad tariffs to avoid unintended negative consequences to the USA economy and its workers", 107 House Republicans wrote in a letter to Trump on Wednesday. But both Mexico and Canada rejected Trump's linkage of the levies to ongoing Nafta talks.

Philip Levy, a former trade adviser in President George W. Bush's administration, said the flaw in Trump basing his tariffs on national security was that military allies could ask to be excluded, undermining the president's stated goal of protecting domestic steel and aluminum mill jobs.

@billshotenmp: "The US decision to increase tariffs raises the risk that steel bound for the US could be dumped here in Australia".

Brown Supports Trump's Tariffs On Steel, Aluminum