Trump hints at bilateral deals with Canada, Mexico

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He said he wanted to ensure that the Canadian and United States aluminium sectors work together to become an efficient North American unit that can "successfully compete with China and anyone else in the rest of the world".

That all changed Thursday when Canada, along with Mexico and the European Union, lost exemptions to the US metal tariffs.

Canada retaliated against the latest punitive measures last week by proposing levies on $16.6 billion worth of USA exports to come into effect on July 1.

The president took to Twitter on Saturday to defend his aggressive trade policies. "They must open their markets and take down their trade barriers!" he wrote. "If we charge a country ZERO to sell their goods, and they charge us 25, 50 or even 100 per cent to sell ours, it is UNFAIR and can no longer be tolerated".

Trump said on Friday he might prefer to end NAFTA in favor of separate bilateral agreements with the two US neighbors.

"It has been a tense and tough G7 - I would say it's been far more a G6 plus one than a G7", said Le Maire, who called the tariffs unjustified.

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Six global agencies, including the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Vision, are calling on the G7 to make that three-year spending commitment. Proceeds go to the Treasury. Canada is a close USA military ally and the top US export market, more than the U.K., Japan and Germany combined.

While there may be Canadian-made alternatives, these tariffs will "inflict pain" on domestic firms as some inputs or unique products can not easily be switched or replaced, said Dan Kelly, the chief executive of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

"One of the fundamental realities is that nobody wins in trade wars", he said.

Morneau has said Ottawa is buying the project from Kinder Morgan Canada in order to help the expansion overcome political risks.

"We are in a trade discussion to renegotiate NAFTA".

MI would be close behind, with $1.17 billion in goods that could be subject to tariffs. China pressed the give ZTE a break after the Commerce Department cut off the company from USA suppliers to punish it for allegedly lying to American officials in a sanctions case. How the White House would deal with this remained unclear. They also reduce competitive pressure on domestic competitors and can allow them to raise prices.

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Hillman, a former member of the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body, told Weekend Edition that responding to the likely defense from the USA will be tricky for the WTO. Mexico, for example, has said it will penalize US imports including pork, apples, grapes and cheeses. Special restrictions related to the trade. This was evident in Trump's 2016 election and the British vote that year to leave the European Union - both surprise setbacks for the free-trade establishment.

All six of the other G7 countries are now paying the tariffs, which are largely aimed at curbing excess production in China.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican who hasn't ruled out mounting a primary challenge against Trump in 2020, criticized the inaction to date of congressional Republican leaders nominally committed to free trade.

The last example was Friday's Tweet about trade with Canada. By imposing tariffs, he is beginning to turn his hard-line campaign rhetoric into action. China pledged then to take steps to "substantially" reduce the US trade deficit, including by buying more American farm goods and energy, though it didn't commit to a dollar amount.

Rising costs especially hurt consumers and companies that rely on imported components.

Mexico also responded to the taxes, saying it would impose tariffs of its own, and the European Commission promised legal action.

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That condition "makes no sense", the Canadian leader said Sunday.