Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Trump imposes new steel, aluminum tariffs via proclamation

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Doris Mccormick | 11 March, 2018, 03:09

President Donald Trump today said he would be "fair and flexible" toward "real friends" of the U.S. while imposing punitive trade tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum as he indicated that Mexico, Canada, Australia and "others" could be exempt.

The White House's statement said: "During today's meeting, the group spoke with the President about the effect that violent video games have on our youth, especially young males".

As Trump vows to sign new bilateral treaties and amend the North American Free Trade Agreement, congressional leaders could seize the moment to reaffirm their role in USA trade policy. It deemed games to be speech protected by the U.S. constitution's First Amendment.

Mr Shorten said the Commonwealth's anti-dumping commission needed more authority to punish overseas companies who try to sell their product into Australia at below cost, as a result of the tariffs. Some unpaid White House intern was likely forced to put it together at the behest of some old senior staffer who wanted to show, "all the killing that goes on in the video box".

The White House today said that it's not abnormal for many people to leave the administration, after reports that the residence-cum-office of the U.S. president has plunged into chaos with at least half a dozen senior officials leaving the office in recent weeks.

Whoopi Goldberg explained that during a press briefing Wednesday, Huckabee Sanders insisted while "none of the allegations" of a hush money payout by Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen "are true", the case has nonetheless "been won in arbitration". And even as Trump approved the tariffs, 11 partners in the Asia-Pacific were in Santiago, Chile, to sign a multilateral trade deal embraced by president Barack Obama but rejected by Trump.

Of course, reporters may also ask about some new details in the Stormy Daniels saga.

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Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is asking Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to answer several questions about the move.

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom tweeted after Trump's announcement that "the EU should be excluded from these measures".

She described the meeting as a listening session, saying there were no decisions about next steps.

The British government said tariffs "are not the right way to address the global problem of overcapacity" and said it would work with European Union partners "to consider the scope for exemptions outlined today". "During the same period of time, video games have steadily increased in popularity and use, exactly the opposite of what one would expect if there were a causal link".

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Australian diplomats in Washington were lobbying for Australia to be exempt. Based off first-hand reports from those who attended nothing came of the hour-long meeting that also featured a video reel comprised of clips from certain games.

The looming departure of White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive who has opposed the promised tariffs, set off anxiety among business leaders and investors anxious about a potential trade war. Recent weeks have seen other departures and negative news stories that have left Trump increasingly isolated, according to senior officials speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal discussions.

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