US Tariffs "Unjustified", UK PM Theresa May Tells Donald Trump

Marcus Newton
June 6, 2018

"What Canada needs to do is stand with its best neighbour, best partner, best friend in the world in the USA and lock arms and fight against the countries who are abusing us".

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump meet at the G7 Summit later this week, it will be the first time they have spoken since the latter slapped steep new tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum under widely panned "national security" fears.

The U.S., Mexico and Canada are locked in a contentious renegotiation of the North American Trade Agreement.

A worker cuts a piece from a steel coil at the Novolipetsk Steel PAO steel mill in Farrell, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 9, 2018. Those new rules would take effect shortly afterward.

The order stipulates charges of 15 percent to 25 percent on USA farm goods including pork, cheese, apples and potatoes, bourbon whiskey and cranberries.

Trump is trying to use the threat of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, as well as other goods, to force numerous countries to agree to trade concessions.

On Friday, he imposed 25 per cent tariffs on steel imports and 10 per cent on aluminium imports from Mexico.

However, Trump has repeatedly said he views the tariffs as being tied to progress on NAFTA talks and those negotiations have been increasingly deadlocked in recent weeks. Marco Rubio's Florida, and agricultural products from the California district of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader.

Pork legs and shoulders are not as highly valued in the United States, where ribs and bacon are in greater demand, but in Mexico they are used to make some of the country's most popular dishes, including tacos al pastor and carnitas.

Mexico said on Monday that it will complain to the WTO over the USA measures, saying that it violates the organization's agreement on safeguards by not having been adopted in accordance with the procedures provided, in addition to violating the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

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The president of the U.S. National Pork Producers Council, Jim Heimerl, said Mexico accounted for almost 25 percent of all pork shipments previous year, adding that "a 20 percent tariff eliminates our ability to compete effectively in Mexico".

"AFP-Kansas Foundation wishes David and his family well", Jeff Glendening, AFP Foundation Kansas state director, said in an e-mail to the Eagle.

Mexico announced its response to Trump's move last week with a focus on products from congressional districts that Trump's Republican party is fighting to retain in November.

Koch officials cited health reasons for the departure but declined to provide details on the nature of his illness. In a report by the Economic Policy Institute, between 2001 and 2015, about 3.4 million were lost due to the country's trade deficit with China.

Farmers, who are among those most vulnerable to the Mexican tariffs, said the tariffs would devastate USA agriculture.

Through the allied Libre Initiative and Freedom Partners, it recently launched a campaign aimed at pushing congressional leaders to protect "dreamers" - people brought into the country illegally as children. Industry officials have told Reuters that Mexico could buy pork from Canada tax-free because of NAFTA or the European Union.

"His preference now - and he asked me to convey this - is to actually negotiate with Mexico and Canada separately", Kudlow said.

Trump, meanwhile, broadened his trade tirades on Twitter into agriculture, writing: "Canada has all sorts of trade barriers on our Agricultural products".

May also reminded the president that "the US, United Kingdom and European Union are close national security allies" that "recognize the importance of the values of open and fair trade across the world".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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