US Tariffs "Unjustified", UK PM Theresa May Tells Donald Trump

THE CANADIAN PRESS  Jeff Mc Intosh                       Minister of Finance Bill Morneau speaks to the media in Calgary Alta

In June 2017, Ottawa announced a C$867 million ($670.6 million) package for softwood lumber producers hit by USA tariffs, and officials said they were looking at similar measures. Canada and Mexico have also promised to levy their own tariffs on United States goods. "We would not want our decisions to hurt workers in Canada, ' he said".

Mr Morneau, who presided over the ministerial meeting in Whistler, has called the tariffs "absurd", saying Canadian metal sales are no security risk to the US. Additional measures may be implemented until the United States changes its position on trade. "This is not about the American people. But the point is, we have to protect ourselves".

President Donald Trump's top economics adviser acknowledged Sunday the trade dispute with U.S. allies could jeopardize the booming American economy but dismissed criticism of the administration's stance as overblown.

In a tweet, Trudeau also furthered that the USA tariffs are "illegal and counterproductive measures under NAFTA Chapter 20 and at the WTO" and that "it is simply ridiculous to view any trade with Canada as a national security threat to the U.S.".

Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, spoke to the emerging divide in a statement announcing the Koch network campaign. Highly restrictive on Trade! Although Trump "would love to see free trade" once again become possible, these "barriers" must "be swept away" first, Kudlow warned.

Now a group of organizations that receive funding from libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch has launched a campaign to promote free trade and oppose tariffs.

Speaking after the meeting, Le Maire said the European Union was poised to take counter-measures against the new USA tariffs.

Mnuchin told reporters at a separate press conference that he has already briefed the president on trade concerns aired during his bilateral meetings with counterparts from Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan and Germany. The difference between how much your country buys from another country, compared with how much you sell to that country. "And that's really the problem for the United States is that it's not clear that these steel or aluminium tariffs fall under any of these boxes". These items include yoghurt, coffee, sugar, toilet paper, sailboats, mattresses, washing machines and lawn mowers - all aimed at exerting pressure on key U.S. states that export a lot to Canada.

But Cornyn said he believes the president's actions can not be stopped through legislation.

Noting that "other very hard issues" are facing the U.S., Canada and Mexico right now, Kudlow pointed to the countries' attempts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade agreement (NAFTA), which Trump has often decried as unfair to U.S. workers and businesses, before it becomes unsalvageable. Those days are over.

"Ministers and Governors agreed that this discussion should continue at the Leaders' Summit in Charlevoix (Quebec), where decisive action is needed", the statement said.

According to the Washington Post, Trudeau was prepared to travel to Washington DC this week to finalize the renegotiation of NAFTA, before the sudden implementation of the tariffs.

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