Trudeau calls United States viewing Canada as national security threat 'simply ridiculous'

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The EU, Canada and Mexico learned yesterday that they will not be exempted from the decision of US President Donald Trump to slap tariffs of up to 25 per cent on metal imports.

Trump's decision could raise prices for Americans on a range of everyday products.

Then he moved to the idea of slicing up NAFTA, a trade treaty that has been the subject of talks with Canada and Mexico since the start of his administration.

And on Tuesday, Trump said during a rally that he was going to make Mexico pay for a wall along the US border.

"We're in the process of doing, we're redoing NAFTA, we're doing a lot of our trade deals, and we're negotiating properly with countries, even countries that are allies", he said during a roundtable in February of a year ago.

Trump had been widely expected to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminum imports after failing to win concessions from the European Union.

People are starting to see it, ' Trump said, asked NAFTA after his administration announced it was slapping steal and aluminum tariffs on allies Canada and Mexico as well as the European Union.

Trump also claimed nations admit in closed door meetings they are taking advantage of the US, then compared them to the media, a group he regularly trashes.

U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter a day after imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum to call out Canada's softwood lumber industry, a sector that could provide insight for others on resilience in the face of U.S. tariffs.

Australia is exempt from the tariffs after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull secured a deal to avoid the United States trade measures in March.

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European Union officials say the total value of goods targeted is a dollar for dollar response to U.S. tariffs. They must open their markets and take down their trade barriers!

A global trade war is looming after countries hit by U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium vowed to retaliate.

The EU has previously warned of potential retaliation if Washington imposed permanent tariffs.

The administration has argued that foreign production of steel and aluminium has driven down prices and hurt United States producers, creating what the Commerce Department has called a national security threat.

Canada was the largest exporter of steel to the United States by value past year, according to data from Wood Mackenzie. Canada announced plans to slap tariffs on $12.8 billion worth of U.S. products, ranging from steel to yogurt and toilet paper.

"Obviously, the visit didn't happen", he said.

"We continue to be quite willing and indeed eager to have further discussions", Mr Ross said.

Ross is scheduled to go to China this weekend for a third round of negotiations.

European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstroem said the EU had tried "everything to avoid this outcome" in talks with Trump's administration over the last two months. "Europe, Canada, and Mexico are not China, and you don't treat allies the same way you treat opponents".