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Trump says he won't back down on tariffs plan

12 Mars 2018

South Korean Trade Minister Kim Hyun-chong on Tuesday departed for his second trip to the ten days to seek an exemption for Seoul from the proposed tariffs. Trump has tried to use the threat of tariffs threat to force Mexico and Canada to capitulate on the NAFTA negotiations, and it remains unclear where Trump will ultimately land.

Leading Republicans turned up the pressure on Trump, with House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan leading the charge. If that were to happen, cheese and motorcycles from Ryan's home state of Wisconsin could be the targets.

Defenders of President Donald Trump's apparent decision to slap tariffs on imported steel and aluminum products have made several arguments for them.

There has been coordination with the commission, a source said. Goldman's report came as White House economic adviser Gary Cohn is summoning executives from USA metals users to meet with the president on Thursday to fight the curbs. President Trump also tweeted that USA farmers were badly served by Nafta.

Trump himself has gone from saying that "trade wars are good, and easy to win" on Friday, to a more soothing "I don't think you are going to have a trade war" by Monday.

Meanwhile, Trump, in response to shouted questions from reporters at a White House event, said he "wasn't backing down". "I don't think you're going to have a trade war".

The problem with tariffs on products like steel and aluminum is that they raise prices.

Trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem will brief press on Wednesday on the EU's three-pronged response, which includes billions of euros of tariffs on U.S. agriculture, steel, and industrial products. But Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose agency oversaw reviews of the industries that recommended the tariffs, said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that Trump is "talking about a fairly broad brush". Instead, he has accused Canada, Mexico and Germany of ripping off the United States, based on the way they export goods to this country, which has always been his central concern. Lindsey Graham said the sweeping action would let China "off the hook", adding the tariffs would drive a wedge between the USA and its allies. It did not threaten to ramp up the issue.

"The new Fake News narrative is that there is CHAOS in the White House".

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, says history has demonstrated repeatedly that consumers ultimately bear the burden of tariffs. He urges Trump to refocus efforts on opening overseas markets without imposing "harmful and unnecessary tax increases" on Americans.

Instead, Trump initiated the renegotiation process for bringing North American Free Trade Agreement back on the table. "They'll like us better, and they will respect us much more", Mr Trump declared. The two countries again stood firm.

KELLY: From a practical point of view, Scott, what's the timing - because when the president announced these tariffs last week, there wasn't actually a formal order ready for him to sign.

28% of independents supported the tariffs, while 55% said they were against them. "We'll have to find some other product to manufacture, something that can incorporate other materials, other metals", he said.

President announced new 25 percent tariff on steel imports, 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports; insight from The Hill's Jesse Byrnes. Unfortunately, Trump is not a student of history, or of economic policy.

Finally, when foreign governments subsidize their industries, USA consumers reap the benefits: they pay less for imports. That's the thing with trade wars - they can escalate quickly and easily spin out of control. But a year after taking office, the 1994 deal remains intact. In 2017, Indian steel exports to the U.S. accounted for only 5% of the total.

Exports - which totaled $172 billion in 2017, 11 percent of the US total - are a big part of our economy.

Many of them genuinely think that trade deficits are unsafe, that free-trade deals have hurt our economy, and so on. "An eye for an eye will leave us all blind and the world in a deep recession". Do we really want to risk seeing NAFTA fall apart? "There is still time", WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo told the heads of WTO delegations at a closed-door meeting in Geneva.

Trump says he won't back down on tariffs plan