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Trump Pushes EU to Cut Tariffs as Bloc Vows to Resist 'Bullies'

16 March 2018

European Council President Donald Tusk reacts during his joint news conference with Finnish Prime Minister (not pictured) in Helsinki, Finland, March 14, 2018.

Tweet by Donald Trump: "The European Union, wonderful countries who treat the US very badly on trade, are complaining about the tariffs on Steel & Aluminum".

The statement was a veiled reference to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs without resorting to worldwide arbitration.

Japan's trade ministry issued a statement earlier on Sunday, saying that Seko told Lighthizer that exports of steel and aluminum from Japan, which is a close ally of the USA, would not affect US national security. I can understand him.

Earlier on Monday, Finance Minister Henrique Mereilles said Brazil's government had not made a decision yet on how to respond to the tariffs and needed to see what exactly the United States wanted in negotiations.

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His Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, will be in Washington on Tuesday and Thursday to "advance Canada's efforts to keep trade open, fair and barrier-free, to benefit people on both sides of the border", her ministry said in a statement.

Tusk was referring to the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks which have been paused since Trump's election victory in 2016.

Worldwide automakers and vehicle suppliers are pushing the Trump administration and U.S. Congress to exempt the European Union and other allies from new steel and aluminum tariffs set to work later on this month, industry officials stated on Friday.

Meanwhile, one U.S. study has estimated that the tariffs will bring back around 33,500 jobs in steel and aluminium, but ultimately result in a net loss of 146,000 jobs across the whole United States economy.

Lawmakers and industry representatives say fresh restrictions will invite retaliation that could see United States exporters suffer.

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Malmstrom, who held talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Saturday, said she had not been given any clear reassurance that the European Union would be exempted.

"We are in contact with the USA counterpart to obtain more clarity as soon as possible and we have been told that the USTR will publish very soon on their website a more detailed outline of the procedures for the exclusions", she said.

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Trump Pushes EU to Cut Tariffs as Bloc Vows to Resist 'Bullies'