EU 'should be excluded' from U.S. tariffs: top European trade official

Australia Canada and Mexico are among the countries trying to dodge the Trump administration’s proposed 25 per cent tariff on steel and 10 per cent tariff on aluminium imports

He said it was "vital" the European Union and United Kingdom worked with the USA administration on exemptions to the tariff.

Both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have pushed back. Sen.

U.S. allies were particularly floored by Mr Trump's justification for the tariffs.

The signing ceremony for the proclamation issued at the White House was attended by several steel and aluminium workers, some of whom spoke of how excessive "dumping" of steel and aluminium imports had negatively affected their jobs and families.

The entire Iowa delegation, led by Sen.

Prior to officially authorising the tariffs, Mr Trump promised to show "great flexibility and cooperation toward those that are real friends and treat us fairly on both trade and the military". "This is concerning because the easiest target for retaliation is our agriculture exports". "This is a very important matter for Australia, it's also a very important principle", she said.

Sasse has brought Nebraska agricultural leaders to Washington to help make the case, including to a Thursday meeting with Mexican ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez.

"It's inconceivable that Canada - which is a full partner of the United States in NORAD [and] in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, is by USA law a part of the defence industrial base - it's inconceivable that we could represent a threat", she said.

He says almost 1,000 people from the town are employed by the smelter."When you look at the aluminum industry here it's really one of the only in BC that really has had over a thousand employees going, you know, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for over 60 years".

"Trade wars are not won, they are only lost", said Mr Flake, who past year announced that he would not seek re-election in 2018, meaning he is less susceptible to the President's frequent attacks than most. But Sasse said that wouldn't happen in time to counteract the effects of Trump's tariffs.

"I'll have a right to drop out countries or add countries", he said.

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"He and I have a good relationship because we wrestle a lot and he knows where I stand", Sasse told The World-Herald.

Soon after Mr Trump opened the door, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Argentina and Europe clamoured for similar special treatment, while Chinese producers called on Beijing to retaliate in kind.

Fellow Nebraska Republican Sen.

Europe exports around five billion euros' ($4 billion) worth of steel and a billion euros' worth of aluminium to the United States each year, and the commission estimates Trump's tariffs could cost some 2.8 billion euros.

Trump tweeted on Friday that he spoke with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about trade and military cooperation.

U.S. Reps. Don Bacon and Adrian Smith of Nebraska have signed on to letters urging the president to reconsider.

The signatories - including Representative Kevin Brady (R-Texas), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee - warned that broad-based tariffs could lead to "unintended negative consequences to the USA economy".

"We expressed our concern". That means shipping orders that have already been produced but not taking new orders because 25% tariffs would mean incurring a loss on new business. And depending on the outcome of those discussions, Trump has indicated he could apply the steel and aluminum tariffs to Mexico and Canada as well. "If we do there won't be any tariffs on Canada, and there won't be any tariffs on Mexico".

"We are an ally, not a threat", European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen said.

The lobbying found a mostly receptive audience: the US military strongly resisted tariffs against allies and 107 congressional Republicans released a letter this week to express alarm over the move.



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