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With tariffs in effect, Europe strikes back

With tariffs in effect, Europe strikes back

His opinion was echoed by French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire who said that Mnuchin was alone on the tariff issue, with the group becoming a "G6 plus one" as the other six G7 members had expressed "total incomprehension" over Washington's move.

Earlier in March, Trump had announced the said tariffs to be applicable worldwide while exempting Canada, Mexico and the European Union but with his recent move, the three countries will now face the brunt of trade tariffs along with other countries.

Bill Morneau, the Canadian finance minister.

"But I wouldn't mind seeing a separate deal with Canada where you have one type of product, so to speak, and a separate deal with Mexico", the president said.

"We are imposing dollar-for-dollar tariffs for every dollar levied against Canadians by the United States", Freeland said.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said last month that following a conversation with President Donald Trump, he was launching an investigation into whether automobile imports are hurting United States national security.

"I'm sure that the president looks forward to coming to Canada and meeting all the other leaders with many, many important issues going on throughout the world".

Canada's Department of Finance said it will impose C$16.6 billion (USD $12.8 billion) of tariffs on goods ranging from soy sauce to felt-tipped pens as of July 1.

The Canadian government on Friday took the additional step of requesting consultations with the World Trade Organization on the USA "improper use" of national security to impose sweeping tariffs.




However, the Canadian industry has been less damaged than had been anticipated as duties imposed by the USA government have been passed on to US consumers in the form of higher prices.

Canada isn't alone in its fight: The U.S. measures also struck other G7 nations — and those partners have returned fire with potential tariffs of their own.

Since Trump took office in 2017, Trudeau has attempted to work with his American counterpart to find an amicable agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement despite Trump's harsh rhetoric. Well, they have a $2 billion surplus on steel with us. He singled out Mexico for attracting USA auto manufacturers and Canada for restrictions on American agriculture imports.

"Given that we export some pretty complex steel products to the United States which are part of their national security programmes themselves, this reasoning that is given is wrong and therefore we believe unlawful".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the tariffs "unacceptable".

Morneau has called the steel and aluminum tariffs "absurd", because Canada is by no means a security risk to the U.S. He's warned the measures will destroy jobs on both sides of the border.

"The G7 ought to collectively tell China to follow global rules", Japan's Aso said.

Barry Zekelman, the CEO of Atlas Tube, says the new tariffs are not necessarily about steel.

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