China soybean tax, Canadian agricultural products trade barriers unacceptable

China soybean tax, Canadian agricultural products trade barriers unacceptable

Trudeau called the reasoning "frankly insulting and unacceptable".

The G7 ministers urged U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to deliver their message before leaders of the group's member countries meet next week in Quebec.

Trudeau also faced calls Monday to speed up the imposition of retaliatory tariffs on US steel and aluminum, but he rebuffed them.

During his visit, Ross looked to build on a vague joint statement released May 19 after negotiations in Washington. "This is the first time that the Trump administration has imposed meaningful tariffs on imports from these major trading partners".

Trump and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who hails from dairy-producing Wisconsin, are up in arms about Canada's system.

In addition to tariffs, Ross is under pressure from USA lawmakers to remain tough on Chinese telecom-equipment maker ZTE Corp. "Today's decision belongs entirely to the USA administration".

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Thursday that the products subject to tariffs were carefully chosen to limit the impact on Canadian producers and consumers. Lawmakers from both parties have questioned Trump's leniency toward ZTE, arguing that the company represents a security risk.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has harsh words for President Donald Trump after he described the reasons for the imposition of tariffs by the U.S. as "frankly insulting and unacceptable".

"When you're nearly 800 Billion Dollars a year down on Trade, you can't lose a Trade War!" Initially announced in March, the levies took effect Friday.

If the US can not produce enough steel or aluminum to meet basic national defence requirements, the reports suggest, it is a national security threat.

But, Trudeau said, the idea the Americans would even muse that its closest friend and ally could be a security threat is ridiculous.

Trump's trade policies - and specifically the steel and aluminum tariffs - have drawn worldwide denunciation. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross once called Canada's USA envoy, during a Trump visit to Wisconsin, saying he's "never heard him so upset".

"No one understands that due to security reasons there should be extra tariffs on steel and aluminum", he said. China has threatened to hit back with tit-for-tat tariffs on tens of billions of dollars in United States goods - as have Canadian, EU and Mexican authorities.

"They're either going to struggle through this and remain relevant to the management of the global system as it continues to evolve - or they're not", she said.

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"I have every expectation that our other allies around the table will express the same sentiment".

Using US exports data, the states hit hardest by the tariffs would be Ohio, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and IL.

Trudeau told the premiers he plans to vigorously defend and protect Canadian workers and industry and that he is committed to successfully renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement "that is in the best interests of Canadians". "The US has been ripped off by other countries for years on Trade, time to get smart!" he wrote.

Trudeau suggested Trump was disregarding shared history and values with Canada. The White House has defended Trump's decision saying that the measures taken by the United States government are not unfair or irreversible. He said Trudeau was "overreacting" to the new tariffs.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told Fox News Sunday that Trudeau was "overreacting" and that the White House is not yet satisfied that Canada has closed trade loopholes on steel and aluminum.

"I think there was a comment out there that (this was) the G6 plus one". He also denied the confrontation could be considered a trade war at this juncture.

"One of the fundamental realities is that nobody wins in trade wars", he said.

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