Donald Trump stepped up his threats to impose tariffs on Monday, declaring that Canada and Mexico will be affected by his planned import tariffs on steel and aluminium unless they agree to renegotiate their trade agreements.
In a pair of tweets, the president reiterated his displeasure with trade deficits with Mexico and Canada, two of the US’s largest trading partners. Metals duties will only be removed on America’s neighbours to the north and south, he said, after a “new and fair” free trade agreement is signed.
Trump followed up with another tweet proclaiming: “To protect our Country we must protect American Steel! #AMERICA FIRST.”
Trump has long attacked the North American Free Trade Agreement, or Nafta. The latest round of a nearly year-long renegotiation effort is concluding this week in Mexico City.
Trump also called on Canada to “treat our farmers much better” and Mexico to do “much more” on stopping the flow of illegal drugs into the US.
The White House trade adviser, Peter Navarro, earlier rejected criticism of the planned tariffs amid concerns they may kick off a trade war, telling Fox and Friends: “There are virtually no costs here…
“If you put a 10% tariff on aluminum, it’s a cent and a half on a six pack of beer and it’s $25,000 on a $330m [Boeing 777],” Navarro said.
via The Guardian
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