Mnuchin urged Trump to exempt Canada from steel and aluminum tariffs

Washington apple farmers brace for impact after Mexico imposes tariffs on U.S. imports

The European Union also attends. Just three days after returning to Washington from Sicily, he would pull the USA out of the Paris climate agreement. "I'm always the optimist, I believe it can be worked out, and I'm always hopeful on that point".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the tariffs "totally unacceptable" and "an affront" to Canadian soldiers who have served alongside Americans in numerous conflicts.

The system of global trade the US helped build in the aftermath of World War II, he said, was a "mess" that had "broken down".

With its presidential election 26 days away, Mexico's government imposed a 20 percent tariff on US pork, apples and potatoes and 20 to 25 percent tariffs on cheese and bourbon. But in an odd twist, American consumers could eventually pay less, especially for pork products.

That put it behind only Canada in terms of the value of U.S. exports. More importantly, steel exports to the USA make up more than half of total Canadian production.

Trade talks in Beijing last weekend failed, despite China reportedly offering to buy $US70 billion worth of USA products.

Crow said the district's Republican incumbent, Mike Coffman, shares blame in triggering Mexican tariffs.

Trudeau was ready to fly to Washington to get final details settled on NAFTA last week, but says Vice-President Mike Pence told him the USA would only agree to such a meeting if Canada accepted a sunset clause. By comparison, China buys just $116 billion.

"The World Trade Organisation has become completely ineffectual, and even in the rare moments when it makes decisions, important countries don't even abide by them", he added.

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Heriberto Hernández, president of the Mexican Association of Pork Producers (OPORPA), said that he supports the government's decision and didn't expert Mexican pork prices to go up because "there are a lot of alternatives" to USA suppliers.

There also is concern inside the administration about what may happen once Trump arrives in Canada.

So far, only Canada and Mexico have done so.

Mexico's list of products that will be subject to the charges also includes USA steel plates, bars, rods and rolled steel.

In addition to other moves against American-made products, Mexican officials set tariffs on US pork shoulder and legs at 10 percent, and they will rise to 20 percent by July 5. What's more, they can be narrowly tailored to fit the different economies of the two countries. "Trump delivering well beyond what Putin had ever hoped for", Michael McFaul, a USA ambassador to Russian Federation under Obama, said on Twitter. They will be hit with taxes ranging between 15 and 25 percent.

Matthew Rooney, a former USA state department official in charge of the Canada file during the Obama administration, said there have been hard times in the past. The automotive industry is particularly vulnerable in this regard.

Trudeau reportedly asked Trump to justify his view that the tariffs were a national security issue.

If the WTO rules against the USA, the E.U.is preparing billions more in tariffs. Vice President Mike Pence's home state of IN is one of the biggest pork producers IN the U.S. China put its own tariffs on American pork earlier this year. One estimate put it at an additional $175 per vehicle.

But President Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs, it turned out, didn't work for everyone. "The President's trade war is going to cost Virginia ag jobs". Ottawa refuses to grant U.S. demands for a clause that would end the trade deal after five years unless it is renewed by the parties.

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