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Bill Kelly: Canada dodges Donald Trump's tariff tempest … for now

11 March 2018

Like most Senate Republicans, Roberts strongly opposes Trump's impending decision to impose new tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports.

US trade policy has always been written with the intent to give the president broad authority to handle global trade without Congress nitpicking the details.

Here in Southwest Louisiana, the future of several multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas facilities is at stake.

But as he announced the tariffs Thursday, Trump declared that "many of the countries that treat us the worst on trade and the military are our allies". Annoy the president, which considering his renowned hypersensitivity is easy, and those tariffs are slapped on Canadian steel and aluminum shipped south of the border. Trump tweeted that he spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, saying they are "discussing opening up Japan to much better trade with the U.S. now have a massive $100 Billion Trade Deficit". "Put simply, the proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports threaten to undermine that success", Hatch wrote.

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His order exempts Mexico and Canada, and leaves some wiggle room for further exemptions down the line, so it's unclear what form the plan will eventually take. In the future he added there will be many cases of reciprocal tax which is virtually a tit for tat in tariffs between trading partners.

Tariffs also could increase expenses for farmers and ranchers whose budgets are already tight because of low commodity prices, said Jay Rempe, senior economist for the Nebraska Farm Bureau.

"I'm sure he knows the message I'll be giving him".

Members of both parties warned of a trade war as a result of his action, which includes exemptions for Canada and Mexico.

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Canada and Mexico are exempt from the tariffs, but only conditionally and for now. He said that he had spoken to Turnbull, and that the two had agreed to move quickly to strike a deal on the tariffs.

"These tariffs will harm auto, aerospace and other manufacturers in Kansas by risking retaliation against our exports, including food and agricultural products", Moran said.

He started his career working as an investment banker in New Zealand and from 1999 to 2002 was chief executive of then majority US-owned Carter Holt Harvey, a large New Zealand forestry and paper-making company, having earlier been the chief financial officer. Almost half of Nebraska's exports go to Mexico and Canada.

"As a close security and trade partner of the United States, the European Union must be excluded from the announced measures", she tweeted after bilateral and trilateral meetings.

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Bacon, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, said the US needs to remain in NAFTA.

Musk continued to lay out his frustration with the current trade relationship, pointing out a significant disparity in the import duties each country places on the other nation's cars.

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Bill Kelly: Canada dodges Donald Trump's tariff tempest … for now