US imposing steel and aluminium tariffs on Canada, Mexico

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The two sources briefed on the matter said the decision would land before a Friday expiration deadline for exemptions to the planned tariffs.

Donald Trump's long-standing promise to use import tariffs to try to revive the U.S. steel and aluminum industry was opposed by USA economists, labor experts, and even the industries themselves-but the White House did it anyway.

President Donald Trump reversed course again on Thursday and now plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico. Cars worth about $32bn were exported to the United States from the European Union in 2017 - about five times as large as steel and aluminium exports combined.

Mr Fox said: "It's very disappointing that the United States has chosen to apply steel and aluminium tariffs. all in the name of national security". Some observers say a G6-plus-one scenario is already shaping up, with Trump as the outlier.

Mexico has also responded, promising to slap tariffs on US products including pork bellies, grapes, apples, and flat steel. But they can also increase costs more broadly for US manufacturers who cannot source all their needs locally and have to import the materials. "This is a very strong Canadian action in response to a very bad US decision".

Alongside motorcycles, the EU has said it could slap additional tariffs on orange juice, whiskey and Levi's jeans, which would hit United States exporters and push up the cost of imports for European shoppers.

"The UK Government must support EU safeguards to protect our industry and ensure more dumped steel does not end up on European shores".

The tariffs, which apply to a long list of USA products that includes everything from flat-rolled steel to playing cards and felt-tipped pens, will go into effect July 1, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told a news conference Thursday.

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told French daily Le Figaro it would be announced either before markets opened or after they closed.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker responded to news of the US tariffs on the EU, calling the decision "protectionism, pure and simple", according to the Associated Press.

Trump imposed the tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum using a national security justification, which Ross said encompasses a broad array of economic issues.

"Without a strong economy, you can't have a strong national security", Ross said.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is due to hold meetings with his European counterparts to discuss President Donald Trump's confrontational trade agenda, officials said. "This is protectionism, pure and simple", Juncker said.

Malmström added the EU's response will be "proportionate and in accordance with WTO rules", and the "US measures clearly go against agreed global rules". She said if there were no exemptions, "We will respond in an intelligent, decisive and joint way".

The decision, which comes just days after Trump broke a cease-fire in an escalating trade dispute with China, is certain to inflame relations and invite retaliation.

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