Trump vows Mexico, Canada steel tariffs without 'fair' NAFTA deal

President Trump speaks during a meeting with steel and aluminum executives in the Cabinet Room on Thursday

Many trade economists say Trump's zero-sum, "mercantilist" view of trade is misguided and that he is wrong to think trade deficits are always bad.

So Trump can start a trade on warhis own?

"The danger's real and it's not just the rhetoric of the tweets", said Peter Warrian of the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, where he is billed as "Canada's leading academic expert on the steel industry".

Countries facing steep import tariffs proposed by President Donald Trump are likely to sue the US for compensation and impose billions of dollars in retaliatory levies, experts say. Eventually, the tab gets passed down to the consumer in the form of higher prices.

A bottle of Bulleit Kentucky bourbon at the Spirit de Milan cafe in Milan, Italy.

"We're not backing down", says Trump.

We need it even for defense, if you think. The EU has said it would slap tariffs on a wide range of American products, from Harley-Davidson motorcycles to Levi's blue jeans.

Tit-for-tat threats of that kind have happened many times in the past.

US President Donald Trump chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, November 9, 2017. Canada, U.K. and the European Union have all spoken out against the tariffs - with the European Commission threatening "countermeasures" should Trump's tariffs go ahead.

"We will never hide or seek to hide behind trade barriers to shield ourselves from our lack of competitiveness". "But we have to do it".

Congressional Republicans are appealing to Trump to scale back his tariffs decision.

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But the U.S. leader who prides himself on his ability to negotiate business deals, and last week said trade wars were "good, and easy to win", said the tariffs could depend on the outcome of the NAFTA talks.

Last Thursday, Trump hinted he would impose hefty duties on imported steel and aluminum in an effort to protect American producers.

Zekelman appears to know what he is talking about. At the same time, Democrats have also expressed skepticism about the benefits of trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement. However, he believes the proposed tariffs would miss those countries and "would hit American businesses and families instead".

Nonsense, replied U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

There are signs Republicans are beginning to wake up to the danger of Trump's pronouncements, if only to prevent US stock markets from crashing.

"Geopolitically, there is a misconception that it's about a pending US-China trade war", Dr Giovanni Di Lieto, an worldwide trade law expert from the Monash University Business School, told SBS News.

Trump spoke shortly after a spokeswoman for House Speaker Ryan said the GOP leader was "extremely worried" about the tariffs setting off a trade war and had urged the White House "to not advance with this plan". "The new tax reform law has boosted the economy and we certainly don't want to jeopardize those gains". Sweden's Volvo manufactured 6 percent of its cars in the U.S.in 2016.

He said the US was using national security issues to justify the steel tariffs, and that the investigation into the impacts of imports found Canada did not hurt the industry.

The Swedish premier is expected to reject in the strongest terms the planned USA steel tariffs and explain to Trump that the national security reasoning does not make sense with the European Union, which is a strategic ally.

Buchanan continued by observing that since the first Bush administration, the United States has run $12 trillion in trade deficits, and, in the first decade in this century, we lost 55,000 factories and 6,000,000 manufacturing jobs. Raising U.S. living standards requires long-term investments in education, research and development, environmental sustainability and infrastructure.

US industry charges that there have been losses worth hundreds of billions of dollars from stolen ideas and from being forced to turn over intellectual property as a cost of doing business in China.

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