Trump hits back at Trudeau's criticism of 'punitive' USA metal tariffs

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'I'm sure there's gonna be a lot of discussions with all the leaders about these very points, ' he said of the broadside on trade that the president levied on Thursday when he allowed steel and aluminum tariffs to go into effect on Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

After wrapping his interview with his former cable television employer, Kudlow held a lengthy question-and-answer session with reporters in the White House's steamy North Driveway.

"Mexico categorically rejects any unilateral, protectionist measures that distort trade in North America", the country's under-secretary of foreign trade, Juan Carlos Baker, said in tweet. "This is a very strong Canadian action in response to a very bad US decision". The official said a range of issues remain to be resolved but the USA looks forward to continuing the negotiations with Canada. "I wouldn't mind seeing a separate deal with Canada where you have one type of product ... and a separate deal with Mexico".

"But we see no sign of that in this action today by the USA administration", Trudeau said.

Trump threatened to rip up the NAFTA deal during his election campaign but agreed to renegotiate early in his term.

The two countries have been in talks since August 2017 to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a three-way pact that has always been criticized by Trump.

Mr. Trump says - as he has many times before - that NAFTA has been a bad deal for the United States, while its North American trading partners make "many billions of dollars" at the expense of Americans.

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And on a matter that would only further ramp up tensions with a close ally over trade policy, Kudlow did not deny a report that President Trump is considering a ban on German automobile imports from brands like Mercedes-Benz and BMW when pressed by reporters.

The UK's Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox told Sky News it, too, is considering retaliatory measures and joining the EU's complaint with the WTO. Effective midnight, Canadian steel transported over the U.S border will face a 25 per cent tariff and aluminum will face a 10 per cent tariff.

Trump blasted Canada on Twitter saying the country has treated American farmers very poorly for a very long time, while hinting at possible action against the Canadian lumber industry.

His threats and demands come as his administration abruptly slapped steel and aluminum tariffs on its closest allies, including Canada. However, Ross said NAFTA talks are "taking longer than we had hoped" and said "there is no longer a precise date when they may be concluded".

"This is a story that's going to play out for a while", Kudlow said. "We continue to work closely with our European Union partners and will consider carefully the EU's proposals in response". "The time for talk is done".

The White House said that Pence and the president, as well U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer, were all in agreement on NAFTA and the sunset clause. "Donald Trump is a bully and the only way to deal with a bully is to stand up and push back and we have to do that".

He also offered a preview of Trump's message next weekend in Quebec. Trump, Trudeau, and several other world leaders are scheduled to meet next week in Canada at the G-7 meeting.