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Australia dodges United States metal tariffs after Trump, Turnbull do deal

11 March 2018

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed on Friday that Norman, a fast friend of the president, was asked to lobby Trump on behalf of Australia, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Instead, they said, Trump is bolstering domestic industries in violation of worldwide trade rules.

"Great discussion today on security and trade".

European Union trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom said there was no "immediate clarity on the exact U.S. procedure for exemption" following a trilateral meeting on Saturday with her American counterpart and Japan's trade minister.

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Trump had praised Australia during his Cabinet meeting on Thursday. "This is a very important matter for Australia, it's also a very important principle", she said. We have a trade surplus with Australia.

We will be very flexible.

"We can welcome this cautiously, but I emphasize caution", Turnbull said.

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"We are living in historic times of unraveling, " he said.

Trump on Thursday afternoon signed paperwork to impose tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, despite warnings from Republicans, Democrats and worldwide leaders that such a move could have unintended consequences.

US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert E Lighthizer has been put in charge of negotiating with countries that seek an alternative to the steel and aluminium tariffs, he said. "We talked about the military and security relationship, how strong that is. Under the direction of the president, the USTR is responsible for negotiations with countries that seek an alternative means to the steel and aluminium tariffs", the White House said. "This process will be managed by the Department of Commerce in consultation with other federal agencies", it said.

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Australia dodges United States metal tariffs after Trump, Turnbull do deal