Will Donald Trump's tariffs decision trigger global trade war?

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Friday accused US President Donald Trump of exhibiting "war-like behavior", after Washington announced it would impose punishing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Navarro, the director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, during the interview argued that China is the source of the problem despite its low place on the list of exporters.

The Republican governor released a statement saying such tariffs would put American jobs at risk.

And countries do retaliate, as a deterrent, to protect their own, and as a response to their own angry publics.

"We must show that we can also take measures. This is now going to give us an opportunity to potentially reopen facilities and grow new business", Frabotta said.

Canada is the largest provider of steel and aluminum imports in the U.S. The Canadian government said it would "take responsive measures" to defend the country's trade interests and workers if the tariffs affected Canadian steel and aluminum products. He announced plans to set tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum imports next week.

It has spelt out it would join others in a challenge at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and consider safeguard measures, last deployed in 2002, to guard against steel and aluminium being diverted to Europe from elsewhere if United States tariffs come in.

US President Donald Trump plans to apply tariffs on import of steel and aluminum globally without exempting allies from it, a senior White House official has said, amid global outrage against the decision.

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"A lot of our stainless steel is from overseas", he said.

The US imports steel from more than 100 nations and brings in four times more steel from overseas than it exports.

He said the tariffs would have a "major impact" on the European economy, citing producers with operations with France like the global steel giant ArcelorMittal and Vallourec, a world leader in industrial tubing, among those that would be affected.

Both in 2002 and now, the US steel industry supported raising the tariffs.

The paper said Trump's announcement is an "obvious violation" of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

Trade is the opposite of a competition a country wins or loses. The U.S. tariffs would be applied under national-security sections of U.S. trade laws - and of the North American free-trade agreement - and Canada is an ally, with a defence industry that is integrated with that of the United States.

The United States accounts for about 15 percent of worldwide Mercedes-Benz and BMW brand sales, while it accounts for 5 percent of VW brand sales and 12 percent of Audi sales.