Trump Takes To Twitter To Slam Canada's Softwood Lumber Sector

ASSOCIATED PRESS           Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa Ontario

"The EU and United Kingdom should be permanently exempted from tariffs and we will continue to work together to protect and safeguard our workers and industries", the Prime Minister added.

She said: "This is further weakening the transatlantic relations and it also increases the risk of severe turbulences in the markets globally".

"The EU-US relationship is one of the strongest in the world, in fact it's the largest in the world, it provides 15 million jobs on both sides of the Atlantic, and two trillion (euros) in investment".

European Union trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström has called the approach "pure protectionism", and described it as illegal under WTO trading rules. "Instead of imposing piecemeal tariffs on our trading partners, he should comprehensively and fundamentally re-write all of our failed unfettered trade policies to stop the race to the bottom and lift living standards in the USA and throughout the world".

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is expected to meet Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on Sunday, a U.S. government official said, as officials from the world's two biggest economies try to calm an escalating trade spat that has rattled financial markets.

Throughout Pence's communications with Trudeau, he was in touch with Trump and U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerMcConnell urges GOP senators to call Trump about tariffs Companies brace for trade war MORE, the official said, noting that the three men were "on the same page". "It is pure protectionism".

Some officials at the meeting said the tariffs made it harder for the group to work together to confront China over its trade practices.

It could take years for the European Union to implement its full response.

Canada, the largest supplier of steel to the USA, will impose tariffs covering USD12.8 billion on United States imports, including whiskey, orange juice, steel, aluminium and other products.

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The invite list evolved up until hours before the meeting - a reflection of the partisan distrust and the political wrangling. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, called Flood's presence "completely inappropriate".

Maude on Friday told the BBC "this is stupid".

Mexico said that the tariffs would "distort worldwide trade" and vowed to penalize USA imports, including pork, apples, grapes, cheeses and flat steel.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Volkswagen said Friday it views the tariffs with "regret and concern".

Dr Merkel said the measure "risks touching off spirals of escalation that in the end hurt everyone".

Worries about the deepening trade tensions, however, were offset by a bullish report on the U.S. economy.

Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to complain about the higher tariffs charged by some US trading partners under World Trade Organization agreements.

The riposte would be "firm" and "proportionate", and in line with WTO rules, Macron said.

Trudeau on Thursday said he felt the U.S., Mexico and Canada were on the verge of a renegotiated NAFTA that he described as a "win, win, win" before the talks stalled after the Pence phone call. Throughout these talks, the US has sought to use the threat of trade restrictions as leverage to obtain concessions from the EU.

The European Union on Friday formally set in motion its trade retaliation against the United States tariffs, filing a request for consultations at the WTO, which oversees disputes on global trade.

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