US House Speaker Ryan criticizes Trump tariff plan

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President Donald Trump's announcement of import tariffs, and the prospect of retaliation by other countries, is prompting some fund managers to pare their holdings of US stocks and look for opportunities overseas. Trump doesn't seem to be anxious though, because trade wars are apparently "easy to win".

The official further said that if any country drags the U.S. in the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) dispute settlement panel against this decision, India could also consider joining as an observer or third party in the case. "Tit-for-tat retaliatory measures don't profit any country". EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said the EU was circulating among member states a list of US goods to target with tariffs so it could respond quickly. Trade disputes are common in our globalized economy, but trade wars are actually quite rare, because in the end, no one wins and everyone loses.

Gov. Jeff Colyer, also a Republican, said Thursday that he, along with several Kansas business groups, had written a letter to the president expressing Kansas' interest in NAFTA while supporting efforts to update the pact, which he said helps support more than 120,000 jobs in Kansas. Not fair or sustainable.

After defying conventional wisdom, Republican Party dogma and many of his own advisers by announcing new steel and aluminum tariffs, President Donald Trump appears to be backpedaling on the brazen proposal. Doing so becomes increasingly hard when the two continents are engaged in a trade war or when the Unite States pushes back on European efforts to build the exact capabilities we claim they lack. The U.S. has the lowest tariffs and other trade barriers of anyone, and what it gets in return is "half-a-trillion dollars a year in trade deficits that put our wealth offshore and our jobs offshore", he argued.

"We urge you to reconsider the idea of broad tariffs to avoid unintended negative consequences to the USA economy and its workers", 107 House Republicans wrote in a letter to Trump.

Trump has also demanded concessions from the European Union, complaining that it treated American cars unfairly and has threatened to hike tariffs on auto imports from Europe. The country accounts for nearly 10 per cent of U.S. steel imports and stands to suffer the most. Trump signaled yesterday he'd hold the exemption as a bargaining chip to play if he didn't get what he wants for the US out of the NAFTA negotiation.

European Union officials are furious and have threatened retaliation through their own set of import tariffs. He promised to exempt Canada and Mexico from steep global tariffs pending the outcome of North American free-trade agreement talks.

The chamber was in Ottawa twice previous year, joining their steel city counterparts from Hamilton and Windsor-Essex, to appear before the Standing Committee on International Trade and before the All-Party Parliamentary Steel Caucus.

Trump's proclamations on steel and aluminum called on Mexico and Canada to "take action to prevent transshipment" of steel and aluminum through their countries and into the U.S.

Canada is the No. 1 seller of both steel and aluminum to the U.S.

The the main destination for Canadian-made steel, amounting to 90 per cent of Canada's export.

The EU has warned that it stands ready to slap "rebalancing" tariffs on about 2.8 billion euros ($3.4 billion) worth of USA steel, agricultural and other products, like peanut butter, cranberries and orange juice.

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