Action is in response to retaliatory tariffs by Canada, Mexico, the EU, China, and Turkey.
The US is claiming that retaliatory tariffs launched by Canada and other nations in response to US steel & aluminum tariffs violate WTO rules.
Here’s what US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement:
“The actions taken by [U.S. President Trump] are wholly legitimate and fully justified as a matter of U.S. law and international trade rules. Instead of working with us to address a common problem, some of our trading partners have elected to respond with retaliatory tariffs designed to punish American workers, farmers and companies. The United States will take all necessary actions to protect our interests, and we urge our trading partners to work constructively with us on the problems created by massive and persistent excess capacity in the steel and aluminum sectors.”
The retaliatory tariffs in question were launched by Canada and other nations in response to the US imposing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. The US has argued that imports of steel and aluminum weaken their domestic capacity, which is seen as a national security weakness. Canada and other countries responded by saying the US tariffs were illegal, and responded with retaliatory measures.
Clearly, trade tensions are not going away anytime soon.
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