Trump should exempt 'fairly traded' steel, aluminium from tariffs - United States lawmaker Brady

President Donald Trump on Monday said North American neighbors Canada and Mexico will get no relief from his new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports unless a

He recently wrote the piece "Five Reasons Mexican Workers Would Cheer the Demise of NAFTA" for In These Times magazine, which states: "Mexicans have plenty not to like about Donald Trump: his racism, his wall, his tirades against immigrants".

"I think we need to do something to make sure we don't look like we're pushovers", Weekes said.

President Trump has said he would slap a 25% tariff on steel and 10% on aluminium imports from all countries.

"But it could be a part of NAFTA".

Negotiators failed to make the progress expected in the latest round of talks on revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement, the top USA trade official warned as President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on the deal. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, despite expressing optimism about progress in the talks, reiterated that Canada would retaliate against the United States if Trump applied tariffs on Canada.

"Unfortunately, the tariffs proposed will do little to address the fundamental problem of massive aluminum overcapacity in China, while impacting supply chains with vital trading partners who play by the rules", the letter said. Trump is threatening to announce them within a week, in the thick of a congressional election in the steel-producing state of Pennsylvania that Republicans fear losing.

"The prime minister also registered his serious concern about the US administration's proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum", said a read-out of the call from the Prime Minister's Office.

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"He emphasized that the introduction of tariffs would not be helpful to reaching a deal on NAFTA".

Lighthizer alluded to political events that he said will complicate negotiations.

"That discussion has been constructive and it continued here in Mexico City".

The trip comes during a big week in trade: International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne signed Canada onto the 11-member nation Trans-Pacific Partnership in Chile, then flies to Paraguay to launch free trade talks with the Mercosur trading bloc - the second-biggest in the Western Hemisphere after NAFTA, including South America's two biggest economies, Brazil and Argentina. The TN program is uncapped and includes nearly none of the USA worker protections Congress has included for certain other temporary worker programs (such as the requirement that employers advertise the position, pay the worker the prevailing wage, and ensure that importing foreign workers will not adversely impact the working conditions of US workers).

But he also referred obliquely to a fourth concern looming in the political backdrop.

Lighthizer didn't put it that explicitly.

Hope, at least, remains as the thread of a NAFTA deal proceeds ever deeper into limbo. "Our time is running very short", Lighthizer said during a ministerial briefing. "There are a number of issues on the table - they have to be resolved".

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He said he's willing to ramp up the negotiating pace to make it happen.

"For me leading a small country, depending on open trade, the best way for us is to do that with others", he said.

Round 7 of the NAFTA talks concluded in Mexico City with grim comments by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

But it won't commit to being forced into one on a sped-up timetable. "As we get closer to the end, undoubtedly the timing will allow us to start complying with our objectives and to start resolving our differences", the Mexican official added. "So we can just continue to be perceived as nice Canadians - when we get hit we say "Thank you" - or we can say "enough is enough" Dias told reporters on Wednesday.

"This is a very complicated negotiation".

For example, ACC has advocated for a simple, clear, and flexible menu of options for determining country of origin, similar to what other more recent trade agreements provide. She said some of the company's steel forging contracts will make it hard for suppliers to increase their prices as a result of tariffs.

What the president is doing is disadvantaging his own manufacturing companies.

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"It's been this way for more than 50 years", Ryder said. "Because there are a lot of people in this town going to bat for a Canadian exemption".

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