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Trump orders stiff trade tariffs, unswayed by grim warnings

12 March 2018

"President Trump's plans to place USA tariffs on imported steel and aluminum presents a real and viable threat to the future of US agricultural trade and the prosperity of American agriculture", Nebraska Farm Bureau president Steve Nelson said in a statement.

Video games have been linked to real-world violence, US President Donald Trump told gaming industry leaders in a meeting after a school shooting last month reignited a national debate over guns.

"As such, we would fully agree with the message in support of NAFTA expressed by the associations representing the North American freight-rail industry", notes Erik Autor, president of the National Association of Free Trade Zones (NAFTZ).

Meanwhile, the European Union said it hoped, like Canada and Mexico, to be exempted from US tariffs, or that it could iron out difference with the the World Trade Organization. On average, Trump's communications directors have stayed in the job for fewer than 100 days, according to CNN - the shortest average for the role since it was created during the Nixon administration.

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During a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump congratulated Florida on school safety legislation approved by state lawmakers, saying the state "passed a lot of very good legislation last night".

However, he said "real friends" of the U.S. could win waivers from the measures, which come into force after 15 days. But Trump's protectionist policies and unpredictable approach to policymaking have made a once prestigious gig unpalatable for many. It's a strategy the US has been using against North Korea. "In so many other places where you had mass shootings by children and every instance I just gave, that child who was the shooter was watching violent video games". "Frankly it's a disgrace, the sanctuary city situation, the protection of these awful criminals", Trump said last month.

Farm groups say their members worry the countries targeted by the tariffs (the list of which has not been finalized by the Trump administration) will tax farm products. "Even with limited exemptions, tariffs will raise the sale prices of new vehicles".

At the White House, an upbeat Trump chatted with the steelworkers, invited them to the Oval Office and autographed a hard hat. She will meet US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Japanese Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko in Brussels on Saturday when she will ask whether the European Union is to be included in the tariffs. The world's second-biggest economy, China, was also vocal in its opposition, deriding the tariffs as "a serious attack on normal global trade order". "If you care about this issue, you will look at Jonesboro, Arkansas; Columbine; Newton, Connecticut", said Bozell.

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The South Korean official relayed that Kim wanted to meet with Trump - and the president immediately accepted, according to a White House official, who was not authorized to discuss the meeting and was speaking on condition of anonymity.

Determined to keep what he viewed as a crucial campaign promise, Trump forged forward with a plan to order new tariffs this week.

Canada's ambassador to Washington dined this week with USA national-security adviser H.R. McMaster; Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Transport Minister Marc Garneau all reached out to cabinet counterparts in recent days.

Early in Trump's term, Navarro at first was outmaneuvered by Cohn, the Goldman Sachs president-turned-Trump economic adviser.

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Trump orders stiff trade tariffs, unswayed by grim warnings