White House Trade Adviser: No Country Exemptions for New Tariffs

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They added that 6.5m people were employed in the U.S.in businesses that use steel and aluminum, compared to just 80,000 working in the steel industry ...

Trump wants to protect industries that are "the backbone of this country" and to "make sure we're doing everything we can to protect American workers", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a Monday briefing for reporters. Some exemptions though may be granted to specific products deemed necessary to US businesses. Our Steel and Aluminum industries are dead.

He called it "a slippery slope" to target only some countries with increased tariffs while exempting others.

Trump has spoken to world leaders about the planned tariff hikes but has given no indication he would allow exemptions, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Sunday.

"We have large trade deficits with Mexico and Canada".

Navarro would not say whether the United States would leave the World Trade Organization if it imposed a steep fine for the tariffs, but said the group "needs to change with the times".

Trump said the tariffs might be used as a point of negotiation during talks on NAFTA happening in Mexico City.

Full-scale retaliation would go against its long-standing message that global trade should be free - as well as fair.

The scenario of possible exceptions came after Trump's surprise announcement on Thursday and subsequent aggressive business lobbying against the tariffs, an outcry from United States trading partners, including Australia, and criticism from fellow Republicans. Canada and the European Union, meanwhile, threatened with counter measures in the event of the tariffs being applied to the products in question. They laugh at what fools our leaders have been.

"With any luck, they will be short-lived until the president's more level-headed advisers can bring him back into the global fold", Insana wrote. But the comments by Ross and Navarro suggest the president plans to press ahead despite opposition from allies, lawmakers, and even some members of his administration, including Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council.

"We're not going to take it anymore", Navarro said. In our size economy, that's a tiny, tiny fraction of 1 percent.

Lidington said American products could be hit in response to Trump's plan, and the European Union has indicated blue jeans, Harley-Davidson motorbikes and bourbon whisky could be subject to tot-for-tat tariffs.

"That's what concerns me, if we continue to see an escalation of rhetoric and, ultimately, action around tariffs applying for imports and exports across multiple economies. this will lead to a slowdown in growth", trade minister Steve Ciobo told Sky News Australia Sunday.

Asked Monday about the remarks from Ryan's office, Trump was undeterred.

Companies that heavily rely on steel and aluminum have issued statements in opposition to the president's plan to increase duties on steel and aluminum, while Trump generally responded that it was necessary because the country was losing jobs and money to others.