President Donald Trump says Canada has mistreated US farmers on trade and officials there "must open their markets and take down their trade barriers!" Canada and the European Union are also eyeing action on a wide swathe of goods that includes food.
German MEP Bernd Lange, who chairs the European Union's worldwide trade committee, has said the tariffs are "illegal" and insisted the EU would "make some countermeasures, no doubt about". Officials noted this is the strongest trade action Canada has taken in the post-war era.
Another analysis, using the US Census Bureau, would paint the retaliatory measures as even more severe. "So it's not like trade is imbalanced against the USA favor on us".
Republicans facing tough elections worry voters will take it out on them if the latest tariffs- and similar moves against China - ignite a global trade war...
"He said it may need to be solved at the summit level", one of the officials said.
But on Thursday, Trudeau took on an unfamiliar role: that of Trump critic, The Atlantic writes.The occasion was the announcement that day that the US would impose tariffs of 25 percent and 10 percent, respectively, on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and the European Union.
The move was unexpected, as trade tensions appeared to have eased in recent weeks after both sides said they had agreed to put plans for tariffs on hold while they tried to make progress in negotiations.
Trudeau earlier deplored a decision by Trump to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
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US President, Donald Trump floated the possibility of scrapping the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement in favor of separate bilateral deals with Canada and Mexico.
It also fears steel exported to the United States from other countries could be redirected to Europe on account of the tariffs.
On Saturday, Mnuchin told a news conference in Whistler that despite the differences in the room over trade, there were many areas the group was "completely united on". (The U.S. has a $8.4 billion trade surplus in goods and services with Canada.) The dispute over tariffs is part of a larger trade dispute between the United States and its two neighbors-Canada and Mexico-over NAFTA.
The tariffs are expected to affect European Union exports that were worth €6.4bn (£5.6bn) in 2017.
"To be honest with you, I wouldn't mind seeing NAFTA where you'd go by a different name where you make a separate deal with Canada and a separate deal with Mexico", he said.
While the tariffs were originally announced on March 1, Trump allowed the trio of top trading partners to exempt from the rule while negotiations regarding NAFTA were ongoing.
Guajardo said retaliation was aimed at products chosen to hit districts with important lawmakers who had been warning Trump not to mess with Mexico.
While the USA administration's decision to hit its European and North American allies with the metals tariffs was not aimed directly at China, it also sets the background for negotiations with Beijing, where Ross was headed on Friday for talks.