Aiming at Trump strongholds, Mexico hits back with trade tariffs

Anna Jefferson
June 6, 2018

"It's a 20 percent (tariff) on legs and shoulders, fresh and frozen ... with bones and without bones", said one of Mexico's top pig producers.

China has offered to buy nearly US$70 billion of United States products in exchange for the removal of tariffs placed by the Trump administration against Chinese products, it was reported on Tuesday.

Along with his brother, he has made an indelible mark on the promotion of conservative causes, so much so that former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted Republicans as having a "Koch addiction".

"These unilateral tariffs, imposed under a false pretext of safeguarding USA national security, are inconsistent with the United States' global trade obligations and WTO rules", Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday after her country filed its WTO complaint.

Last year Macron said that he tried to stop the United States leader from pulling out of the Paris climate change agreement, but this was to no avail as he continued to do so.

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"We need trade and one of the things we're concerned about is long-term implications that these trade issues will have on our partnerships with Mexico and Canada and other markets", said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, a Republican. It has also said it will impose tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports. -China trade talks dissolved in a matter of days, expectations were low for Ross' visit this week.

Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said his country would now "surely" look to Europe for pork products, used in many traditional dishes in Mexico. China has warned it would cancel any promises over trade with the US if the Trump administration moves ahead with planned tariffs. "The Trump administration has taken some incredibly positive steps for the American economy, but tariffs will undercut that progress and needlessly hamstring our full economic potential", he said in a statement.

The spectre of a trade war between the US and its allies will no doubt hang over this week's G7 leaders summit in Quebec, when Trump makes his first official visit to Canada as president.

Gardiner said there would be "no winners" if the European Union and the United States entered a full-scale trade war.

The trade fights with Mexico and Canada are part of the Trump administration's "America First" economic agenda, which has also put Washington on a collision course with China over trade.

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"We've had a situation for many years where China has not treated American companies fairly and the trade deficit has grown and grown and grown", Branstad said in March.

A report from S&P Global Ratings in early May predicted that, if the tariffs move ahead, it could lower GDP growth by 0.1 percent and cost almost 80,000 jobs in the United States. "Between our two countries, we have very similar cost structures as the United States does, so tariffing each other just doesn't help anybody".

He believes that it is at best outdated, and all the concessions that the US made after World War II to Europe and Asia are no longer appropriate.

Quebec's provincial government said Monday that it's prepared to financially support smaller aluminum producers hit by US tariffs, much as it did with the softwood lumber sector.

Tariffs on cheese (and other products) coming in and on metals going out.

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