Lynch worries Trump's tariff plan will harm USA manufacturing

U.S. President Donald Trump signs Section 232 Proclamations on Steel and Aluminum Imports in the Oval Office of the White House on Mar. 8 2018 in Washington DC. Trump on Thursday declared the American steel and aluminum industries had been

U.S. President Donald Trump signs Section 232 Proclamations on Steel and Aluminum Imports in the Oval Office of the White House on Mar. 8 2018 in Washington DC. Trump on Thursday declared the American steel and aluminum industries had been

Trump is imposing the tariffs using a rarely employed trade provision known as Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, claiming a national security rationale for protecting the domestic steel and aluminium industries, reports CNN. "We have to protect & build our Steel and Aluminum Industries while at the same time showing great flexibility and cooperation toward those that are real friends and treat us fairly on both trade and the military".

The president insisted, however, they are necessary to revive America's steel industry. It also precedes by just days a special election in a Pennsylvania congressional district that includes many communities once dependent on the steel industry and where Mr Trump is due to campaign on Saturday.

Railroad tracks run past the blast furnaces of the now-closed Bethlehem Steel mill in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, April 21, 2016. His trade adviser Peter Navarro said in a television interview on Wednesday that Canada and Mexico would be excluded for now as negotiations continue on the North American Free Trade Agreement. "We do have a problem with some countries dumping steel into the USA markets, but there's a better way to handle this that won't shut down USA manufacturing".

The senior administration official lambasted critics of the president's tariffs saying, "Nobody inside the beltway should express any sort of surprise".

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"Due to the unique nature of our relationship with Canada and Mexico, we're negotiating right now NAFTA, we're going to hold off the tariffs on those two countries to see whether or not we're able to make the deal on NAFTA." he said. "We will be going to be doing a lot of them", Trump said.

The White House said Trump welcomes any country with which "we have a security relationship" to discuss alternative ways to address United States concerns, including those about global excess capacity.

Trump has complained about low-priced Chinese exports of steel and aluminum, but the latest move was likely to hit Japan and South Korea harder.

"Today I'm defending America's national security by placing tariffs on foreign imports of steel and aluminium", he added. "In a globalized world it is particularly unhelpful as it will harm the initiator as well as the target country", China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

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He added: "It worries me that I don't think the Trump administration has quantified what it can supply from its own market and what it can't".

Beijing said it was ready to retaliate in the event Chinese companies are hurt, but gave no indication of official action. "Steel is steel. You don't have steel, you don't have a country". Canada and Mexico were given exemptions while the renegotiation of a more US-friendly NAFTA deal is underway.

Trump also emphasized the possibility of remaining "flexible" with individual countries in the new tariff proposals.

Trump imposed the tariffs 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium despite calls for restraint from Britain and repeated warnings from the European Union and other allies that it could trigger a full-on trade war. We will always stand up for Canadian workers and Canadian businesses.

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