Trump last week announced that the US government will slap 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum imports from Canada, the EU and Mexico, citing national security concerns as part of the legal justification. Mexico and Canada immediately responded to Trump’s move with counter-measures targeting US steel, aluminum and farm products. On Friday, Ottawa said it also filed complaints with the WTO in a bid to stop Trump’s new tariffs while a WTO source told Sputnik that the body received a request from the EU to start consultations on the issue. WTO Battle Over the past few days US, Canadian and European leaders — via both public statements and direct phone conversations — have exchanged arguments backing their claims about tariffs. On Friday, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called Trump’s tariffs “illegal” and said it was wrong to cite national security concerns as a rationale to impose penalties on US allies. © AP Photo / Ahn Young-joonUS Tariffs Policy Could Ignite ‘Much Broader Trade War’ – AnalystOn Monday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May told US President Donald Trump during a phone call that his move to impose tariffs on the EU was “unjustified,” according to a Downing Street press release. Trump in a Twitter post earlier in the day said that tariffs Canada unveiled against US farm products are unacceptable because Ottawa already has… Read full this story
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