Australia to Secure Exemption from US Tariffs

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But since Trump signaled that exemptions were possible, reaction has been measured, and counter threats have been carefully calibrated so far.

UK Steel's director Gareth Stace said the tariffs "would have a profound and detrimental impact on the UK steel sector, which exported some 350,000 tonnes of products to the United States in 2017, over 7% of its total exports".

American steel and aluminium workers have been betrayed, Mr Trump added, but "that betrayal is now over". It's really an assault on our country. Trump said Thursday that countries with a "security relationship" with the United States could ask to be excluded.

The Australian government's urgency rose after the US president announced that he meant to enact the tariffs as a remedy to trade imbalances.

Many top Republicans disagree with the President's tariffs, including House Speaker Paul Ryan. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, has introduced a measure to nullify the tariffs. However, it took on more urgency after Trump's tariff move.

The White House adviser also pushed back against reports casting the process as arbitrary, sloppy and rife for successful legal challenges.

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The White House is moving closer to imposing tariffs on aluminum and steel imports, but America's neighbors will be exempt - for now. "This is concerning because the easiest target for retaliation is our agriculture exports".

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Several Asian nations that are major trading partners with the USA reacted strongly Friday to a US decision to impose tariffs on metal imports, raising concerns of global trade conflicts. Argentina made a similar case.

"These are two separate tracks and in the NAFTA negotiations Canada will not be subject to any type of pressure", she said. But really, Sasse said, trade is a "win-win" proposition.

"Trade wars are not won, they are only lost", said Mr Flake, who a year ago announced that he would not seek re-election in 2018, meaning he is less susceptible to the President's frequent attacks than most.

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

Sasse last week gave a number of network news interviews on the subject, and he said he has counseled the president on the issue. "We should prevent a trade war situation from excessive protectionism, in which the entire world harms each other", Trade Minister Paik Un-gyu told a meeting with steelmakers.

Some European policymakers said they anxious the tariffs were part of a broader assault by the Trump administration on ties between Europe and Washington, which has been the backbone of the post-World War II Western order.

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It's not impossible they could be added later, but the president's own language, the wording of the proclamations and comments from a White House official all went out of their way to avoid any explicit threats against Canada and Mexico, leaving dangling only the vague possibility.

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Trump has exempted key exporters of steel and aluminum, Canada and Mexico, while negotiating changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and other countries such as Australia also may be spared.

The President tweeted about the decision, saying he was "committed to having a very fair and reciprocal military and trade relationship".

The signatories - including Representative Kevin Brady (R-Texas), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee - warned that broad-based tariffs could lead to "unintended negative consequences to the U.S. economy".

"We are prepared and will be prepared if need be to use rebalancing measures", European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen told a press conference in Brussels.

The Eurofer director-general's remarks came as European Union warned it would take matters into its own hands if Mr Trump did not include it as an ally and the bloc from the import tariff list. "If we do there won't be any tariffs on Canada, and there won't be any tariffs on Mexico".

"We are looking for a bit more clarity on the process of what happens next from the USA", an European Union official said on condition of anonymity.

The lobbying found a mostly receptive audience: the USA military strongly resisted tariffs against allies and 107 congressional Republicans released a letter this week to express alarm over the move.

"It is crucial to Nebraska's ag economy", Bacon said.

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