Canada, Mex­ico, EU to hit back for steel, alu­minum

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY STEPHEN DINAN AND S.A. MILLER

Pres­i­dent Trump on Thurs­day slapped tar­iffs on steel and alu­minum im­ports from the Euro­pean Union, Canada and Mex­ico, mov­ing to pun­ish what he said was un­fair com­pe­ti­tion that has sapped the U.S. econ­omy.

The tar­iffs — 25 per­cent on steel and 10 per­cent on alu­minum — drew im­me­di­ate re­tal­i­a­tion from all three en­ti­ties in what could be the be­gin­ning of a nasty global trade war.

Mex­ico said it would raise du­ties on im­ports of prod­ucts in­clud­ing pork, grapes and cheese. Canada an­nounced re­tal­ia­tory tar­iffs on U.S. steel and alu­minum and a host of other prod­ucts it said the U.S. now sup­plies but can be switched eas­ily to oth­ers.

Canada and the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion also said they will file com­plaints with in­ter­na­tional tri­bunals. They didn’t shy away from the no­tion that they and Mr. Trump are now en­gaged in a trade war.

“We’re ready for any­thing,” said Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau, who said blame falls squarely on Mr. Trump.

U.S. stocks seemed mod­er­ately fazed,

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