United States steel-aluminium tariffs result in European Union counter-measures

Charlene Craig
June 13, 2018

On trade, said she had been "very clear" that U.S. tariffs on European steel and aluminium imports were damaging and dialogue was needed to ensure the dispute did not escalate into a full-blown trade war.

Nevertheless, she vowed to continue to work on the often-fractious relationship with Trump's White House.

It shows a standing Mrs Merkel, hands firmly planted on a table, staring down at USA president Donald Trump, who is seated with his arms folded. Canada are hosting the leaders of the UK, Italy, the US, France, Germany and Japan for the two day summit, in the town of La Malbaie. This year's summit had a particular focus on trade.

Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron had what was described by a French official as a "very cordial" discussion about trade and North Korea.

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The UK prime minister expressed disappointment over U.S. decision to tax steel and aluminum imports from the European Union. The EU has already said it will announce countermeasures against Trump's metals tariffs on July 1.

The UK prime minister expressed disappointment over USA decision to tax steel and aluminum imports from the European Union.

Merkel and Trump also had a brief conversation at the summit.

Trump's "America First" message to allies has hardened since he brought hardline national security adviser John Bolton on to his team.

"This has solidified my belief that we, Europeans, should decide our fate by ourselves", the German leader said, calling on EU to be more active in defending its values and principles. Shortly after that statement was published online, Trump complained about comments made by Trudeau and revoked his support.

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Other G-7 countries lobbied unsuccessfully at the summit for the U.S.to reverse its tariffs on imported steel and aluminum imports.

According to Merkel, the return of Russian Federation in the G8 format is possible with visible progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements. As the summit closed, Trudeau held a televised news conference to discuss the communication, where he was asked about Trump's new tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. The U.S. president is staring back, arms crossed, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks on with his arms also crossed.

Jeremy Corbyn, the head of the opposition and the leader of Labour party, denounced the summit as a failure caused by Trump. If you look at what Canada, and Mexico, the European Union - all of them - have been doing to us for many, many decades.

Britain's ITV reported that Macron called Trump's Twitter posts "fits of anger and throwaway remarks".

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