European Union official warns of 'arsenal' of measures to respond to Trump's tariffs

European Union official warns of 'arsenal' of measures to respond to Trump's tariffs

From Japan and South Korea to Australia and Europe, officials lined up on Friday to seek exemptions from President Donald Trump´s tariffs on USA steel and aluminium imports, while Chinese producers called on Beijing to retaliate in kind.

Malmstrom warned the Trump administration against considering metal-tariff exemptions for only some European Union countries such as the United Kingdom.

She said: "We have serious doubts about that justification".

Striking a defiant tone, European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen called Trump's speech protectionist, saying it remained unclear how a potential exclusion process would work.

Japan, the United States's top economic and military ally in Asia, was next in line. Th U.S. justified these tariffs by citing national security!

Malmstrom said in a tweet: "The EU is a close ally of the USA and we continue to be of the view that the EU should be excluded from these measures".

The European Union, the world's biggest trade bloc, chimed in.

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem told reporters in Brussels that Trump's rationale appears to invoke the global legal right to protect national security.

Ex-officer charged with assault in beating and Tasering of alleged jaywalker
Hickman was charged with communicating threats due to that phrase, according to a warrant obtained by the newspaper. An arrest warrant for Hickman notes that he struck Rush multiple times, causing abrasions and swelling to his head.

She won support from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"Certain types of bourbon are on the list as are other items such as peanut butter, cranberries, orange juice", EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem told reporters after the European Commission, which handles trade matters for the bloc, discussed the tariffs.

The EU exports around five billion euros' ($4 billion) worth of steel and a billion euros' worth of aluminium to the U.S. each year, and the European Commission, the bloc's executive arm, estimates Trump's tariffs could cost some 2.8 billion euros.

"The loss of exports to the USA, combined with an expected massive import surge in the European Union, could cost tens of thousands of jobs in the European Union steel industry and related sectors", said Axel Eggert, head of steel association EUROFER.

Beijing vowed to "firmly defend its legitimate rights and interests".

Last year, China imported 3.2 million tons of USA coal, worth about $420 million and almost five times the amount it took in 2016.

The dispute has fueled concerns that soybeans, the United States' most valuable export to China, might be caught up in the row after Beijing launched an inquiry into imports of USA sorghum, a grain used in animal feed and liquor.

While carrying a message to Washington to push forward a diplomatic breakthrough over North Korea, South Korea's national security office chief, Chung Eui-yong, requested USA officials to support Seoul's request for a waiver, a presidential spokesperson said.

Related Articles