Trump delaying NAFTA deal until after midterm elections

05 July, 2018, 07:58 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • U.S. President Donald Trump approaches Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he arrives at the G7 Summit in Charlevoix Quebec Canada

More than 700 steelworkers and their families came to a Canada Day picnic to greet Trudeau. And on this holiday, Canadian tariffs on almost $13 billion of USA goods took effect.

The tit-for-tat duties are a response to the punishing United States steel and aluminum tariffs imposed at the start of June.

The broadcast of the interview with Trump coincided with Canada's imposition of tariffs on select USA goods in retaliation for Washington's levies on Canadian steel and aluminum.

NPR's Jackie Northam has this report.

Some US products, mostly steel and iron, face 25 per cent tariffs, the same penalty the United States slapped on imported steel in May. He said the federal government is going to fight the steel tariffs.

Darren Green is the president of a large steelworkers' union in Hamilton, Ontario. She called the tariffs regrettable. But he says the whole situation is unnecessary and destructive.

Purdue acknowledged that Trump was right to be point out the flaws in USA trade policy and make sure that America gets a fair shake on a global scale when it comes to trade agreements. And we should be celebrating that and the success of that.

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In Ottawa, officials and others have declined an invitation to the USA ambassador's annual Fourth of July bash. We're going to destroy an industry.

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the tariffs "insulting and unacceptable", and he retaliated by putting tariffs on USA steel and aluminum as well as products like ketchup and beef on July 1. It's part of a tightly integrated cross-border trade network worth about $2 billion every day.

When it comes to the ongoing re-negotiation of North American free trade agreement, Trump says he's going to wait until after November's mid-term elections, adding that he could quickly sign an agreement with Canada and Mexico but he's not, saying he is not happy with the current deal. They will remain in place until the USA tariffs are lifted.

"These retaliatory tariffs underscore the complete hypocrisy that governs so much of the global trading system", he said in a statement, and "do great damage to the multilateral trading system".

NORTHAM: There are concerns that the two neighbors could get embroiled in a trade war.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is skipping the Canada Day party on Parliament Hill and will instead be making two stops in towns at the forefront of the burgeoning trade dispute: a steel refinery in Regina, and a food processing plant in Leamington, Ont.



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