European Union appeals to Trump: 'make trade, not war'

Fredrick Soto
March 16, 2018

In this case, one can't help but wonder whether the tariff announcement was timed to affect Tuesday's special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, traditionally conservative steel country where Trump-backed Republican Rick Saccone has seen his lead in the polls dwindle against Democratic candidate Conor Lamb, who meekly endorsed Trump's tariffs as soon as they were announced.

Most recently, Trump followed through on his economic nationalist agenda by imposing a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum, both created to protect American workers. Standing with Trump are workers, left, Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

"This welcome action is long overdue for shuttered steel plants across OH and steelworkers who live in fear that their jobs will be the next victims of Chinese cheating", Brown told Reuters earlier this month.

Shortly after Trump took office, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a US technology think tank whose board includes representatives from top companies such as Apple, Amazon, Cisco, Google, and Intel, called for coordinated global pressure on Beijing.

"I agree that Steve Bannon is a white supremacist and Stephen Miller seems to be".

No final decisions about retaliation have yet been made, according to a White House spokeswoman.

Cohn, a Democrat, had clashed with Trump's advisors who were advocating protectionist measures and tariffs.

The 25% additional duty will apply to "steel articles" imported from all countries except Canada and Mexico.

Both Brown and Manchin are up for reelection in 2018 in states where Trump rang-up double-digit wins.

Last week Malmstrom warned that a number of iconic American products would face reprisal tariffs if Trump went ahead as planned.

The Democratic Party, meanwhile, is treating Trump's tariffs like it does most of the president's policy positions - with raw, dripping contempt.

Brussels has come under pressure from the European steel industry to protect its interests.

The globalist wing of the Republican Party, including Cohn, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and President George W. Bush consultant Karl Rove - all defenders of the US job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal - opposed Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs.

"If the United States wants to reduce its trade deficit, it has to make Americans more hard-working and conduct reforms in accordance with worldwide market demand, instead of asking the rest of the world to change", it wrote.

President Trump isn't starting a trade war, and if you think he is-you're blind to the fact that we are already in the middle of one.

In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Sino-U.S. trade relations should not be a zero-sum game, and that the two countries should use "constructive" means to manage tension.

Anne Forristall Luke, president of the US Tire Manufacturers Association, said the group would be "pressing very hard" for an exemption from tariffs for high-strength wire rod used to make cord for steel tire belts that is not produced by US mills. Tariffs could also result in Europe raising prices on American imports.

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