From bourbon to boats, Mexico strikes back against USA steel tariffs

The Commerce Department said foreign production of steel and aluminum was driving down prices and hurting US producers, creating a "national security threat".

He has threatened to use national security laws to do the same for foreign auto imports and has walked back on environmental agreements and an worldwide deal to prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb.

The US president fears being lectured to by other world leaders and would rather spend the time preparing for his talks with Kim, according to US media reports.

Displaying a united front, the two leaders in their 40s said in a statement they "support a strong, responsible, transparent multilateralism to face the global challenges".

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting in Trudeau's office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 6, 2018.

There was shock when the world's largest economy confirmed it was imposing the duties on the EU, Canada and Mexico from 1 June, as part of President Donald Trump's protectionist agenda aimed at saving United States jobs.

The leaders will join Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and new Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Quebec for talks on Friday and Saturday.

Canada has always been a close USA ally. Mr. Seko noted that Japan and the EU had issued a statement critical of the US after he and EU Trade Commissioner Cecillia Malmström met in Paris last week. Macron, who appeared to have built a warm relationship, said that the so-called "G6" leaders would not spark a fight at the summit.

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The U.S. president also has frosty relations with Trudeau, the summit host.

"Japan and the European Union will team up on this issue and call on cooperation from other countries", Japanese Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko told reporters Tuesday.

European Union capitals are united in so much as no one wants a trade war - with the USA stepping back from the brink of penalties against China following progress in talks with Beijing.

"We have heard nothing", she said.

The peso sank to its weakest in more than a year earlier Tuesday on concern the United States may leave the North America Free Trade Agreement and try to negotiate two separate free trade deals with Mexico and Canada. This section has only been used twice before in USA history to restrict imports: in 1979 on oil imports from Iran, after that country's theocratic revolution resulted in the storming of the US embassy in Tehran, and in 1982 against similar imports from Libya.

It remains uncertain whether the G7 will even release a final communiqué, given the deep disputes that Mr. Trump has with the other leaders on trade, Iran and the environment. Then, the Trump administration kick-started its tariffs. Japan has said it can not normalize diplomatic relations without the issue being resolved. "Look forward to seeing them tomorrow", Trump wrote. Trump is said to have shot back.

I guess the only positive about this story is that George W. Bush is no longer the dumbest person we've ever had serving as president of the United States.

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