Trump signals controversial tariffs will go forward

Trump signals controversial tariffs will go forward

Trump signals controversial tariffs will go forward

The scenario of possible exceptions came after Mr Trump's surprise announcement on Thursday and subsequent aggressive business lobbying against the tariffs, an outcry from U.S. trading partners, including Australia, and criticism from fellow Republicans.

Peter Navarro, a top White House trade advisor, said the administration would consider exemptions on a case-by-case basis but "no country exclusions".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she raised her "deep concern" over the tariffs in a phone call with Trump on Sunday, her office said.

"There will be an exemption procedure for particular cases where we need to have exemptions, so that business can move forward".

Navarro did not elaborate on the exemption procedure and the White House did not immediately return a request for comment.

Mr Navarro and Mr Ross, who have advocated stronger trade policies to reduce US trade imbalances, went on Sunday US television news shows to try to contain the global fallout from Mr Trump's announcement.

"Any new broad-based tariffs on imported tin plate steel - an insufficient amount of which is produced in the USA - will result in higher prices on one of the safest and more affordable parts of the food supply". The plan stunned USA trading partners, alarmed American industry leaders and roiled stock markets.

A number of Trump's fellow Republicans, including congressional leaders, have urged him to hold back on the tariffs.

Canada, the largest exporter of both steel and aluminum to the USA, will retaliate against any tariffs, officials said Thursday, though it has yet to be seen if they would be applied to Canada and Mexico - two countries involved with America in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which is still in the process of being renegotiated.

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American jobs are being hurt by the nation's growing trade deficit, Ross said, and we have to do something about that.

"This will cause huge damage across broad sectors of the economy", he said.

He said that he has not heard Trump describe particular exemptions just yet, adding that the US president has had conversations with a number of world leaders.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said Trump was making a big mistake with the tariff, which would sock it to American consumers forced to pay higher prices for everyday goods.

Ross did not rule out that possibility. "We'll see. The president makes the decisions", he said.

"As soon as you start exempting countries you have to raise the tariffs on everybody else".

Mr Ross said the proposed tariffs represent a fraction of 1 per cent of the USA economy so they would not have a great impact.

"Sure they may well be some sort of retaliation, but the amounts that they're talking about are also pretty trivial", Ross said, estimating that the Europeans might put an extra tax on $3 billion worth of American goods. The European Union, Canada and Australia all denounced the new duties following Trump's announcement.

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