Trump vows 'great flexibility' to 'real friends' in tariff row


Trains with scrap metal stay in front of the Huettenwerk Krupp Mannesmann GmbH steel mill in Duisburg, Germany.

Surrounded by steel and aluminum workers holding hard hats, Trump cast his action as necessary to protect industries "ravaged by aggressive foreign trade practices". China accounts for only a small fraction of US steel imports, but its massive industrial expansion has helped create a global glut of steel that has driven down prices.

Mexico recognizes the problem of global steel oversupply and will keep seeking solutions, but NAFTA talks shouldn't be subject to other domestic US policies, the country's Economy Ministry said in a statement. "More importantly, because of that, workers in our country have not been properly represented".

President Donald Trump has signed proclamations imposing tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.

"I think there's no question that the action the president took today is a further motivation to both Canada and Mexico to make a fair arrangement with the United States", Ross said in an interview on CNBC.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed on Friday that Norman, a fast friend of the president, was asked to lobby Trump on behalf of Australia, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Brazil, which after Canada is the biggest steel supplier to the USA market, said it wanted to join the exemption list and Argentina made a similar case.

The tariffs do a have a small coalition of supporters in Congress, including some Democrats from states whose industries stand to benefit.

"Everybody's just happy", said Mark Goodfellow, head of the Steelworkers Local 420A in Massena, N.Y., where Alcoa employs about 500 people.

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That coming Thursday after facing opposition from him his party but receiving praise from the USA steel and aluminum industries. He insisted that domestic metals production was vital to national security. It will also add safeguarding measures and put its own tariffs in place to prevent an excess of steel imports to the marketplace.

The White House move came after probes by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross under a little-used part of a Cold War-era American law.

"The loss of exports to the US, combined with an expected massive import surge in the European Union could cost tens of thousands of jobs in the European Union steel industry and related sectors", Eggert said.

He has ordered steep new tariffs on those imports to the U.S.

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst Senator Ernst of Iowa joined a parade of other Republicans calling for President Trump to reconsider. "In terms of the NAFTA negotiation, that is a completely separate issue", Freeland said. "And that is what we must stop". And his administration was unable to clarify this point because the president publicized the policy before he'd given the White House staff, government lawyers - or officials at the departments of State, Treasury, or Defense - an opportunity to weigh in on the measure, or hammer out its details.

"If these tariffs are implemented with a broad brush, it will have the potential to backfire, cost us jobs at home, force consumers to pay higher prices for goods, and ultimately hurt our economy", warned Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., chairman of the Joint Economic Committee. Also, our national security interests are inextricably intertwined with a unique defense and intelligence relationship.

Trump's chief economic advisor David Cohn also resigned on Tuesday in protest at the plans to introduce new tariffs.

Republican Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst said on a radio program she had tried repeatedly to get through to the White House to register her complaints and finally was able to meet with officials in the vice president's office Wednesday night.