US President Donald Trump set import tariffs on Thursday of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium but exempted Canada and Mexico and offered the possibility of excluding other allies, backtracking from an earlier stance. He excluded Mexico and Canada, as long as they negotiate a new North American Free Trade Agreement, and threw the door open to further exclusions for countries and niche products.
During the week, Trump's permissive attitude toward the facts also extended to the family of a steelworker invited to the White House for the tariff announcement. The White House said yesterday that some countries, including Mexico and Canada, may be exempt, and the tariffs are expected to be finalized and signed sometime this week.
China, world's second largest economy, will take measures to defend its legitimate rights and interests, he said China urged the United States to respect the multilateral trade system and revoke the policy as soon as possible, Wang said.
"It's really my honor to start this process".
Trade tensions between the world's two largest economies have risen since Trump took office in 2017, and although China only accounts for a small fraction of United States steel imports, its massive industry expansion has helped produce a global glut of steel that has driven down prices. "We're going have many mills opening up".
Outgoing White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Washington. The country's leaders fear that moving faster could hurt its economy, harm state-owned banks that have lent to the metal industries and create unrest among workers who lose their jobs.
Arguing that tariffs make American businesses less competitive and US consumers poorer, the Republican lawmakers stressed that any levies imposed should seek "to address specific distortions caused by unfair trade practices in a targeted way".
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Flanked by a handful of steel and aluminium workers, Trump presented the move as a way to rebuild vital industries decimated by foreign competition.
The Springfield Democrat argued that while US aluminum and steel workers "deserve effective relief", Trump has "pursued a chaotic process and used punishing rhetoric that treats all USA trading partners as national security concerns and fails to recognize the complexities of our market".
He said: "We can deal multilaterally with the overproduction of steel but this is the wrong way to go about it".
"A strong steel and aluminum industry are vital to our national security, absolutely vital", he said.
Malmstroem will hold talks Saturday with USA trade representative Robert Lighthizer.
The U.S. president suggested in the meeting with his Cabinet that Australia and "other countries" might also be spared, a shift that could soften the global blow amid threats of retaliation by trading partners.
The president had until April to make a decision on the recommendations.
"If we don't make the deal on NAFTA and if we terminate NAFTA because they're unable to make a deal that's fair for our workers and fair for our farmers. and fair for our manufacturers, then we're going to terminate NAFTA and we'll start all over again or we'll just do it a different way", the president remarked.