Mnuchin urged Trump to exempt Canada from steel and aluminum tariffs

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Expectations for a resolution of the trade row this week are low after finance leaders from the United States' G7 partners butted heads with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at a meeting last week in the Canadian resort town of Whistler, British Columbia. Essentially, the report indicates, for every steel and aluminum job gained there will be 16 jobs lost in other industries throughout the rest of the nation's economy. But they'll have a significant impact on the targeted United States industries. President Trump believes it "rips off" America and reduces USA power.

Kudlow added that the United States and China had not yet reached a deal to resolve Trump's demand for a smaller USA trade deficit with China.

The move follows a USA decision to impose tariffs on imports of Mexican steel and aluminum purchases, which took effect on Friday. The Republican from Sunnyside warned of "negative unintended consequences" of the Trump administration's decision in a March 7 news release.

But officials from the three countries have been unable to find consensus on several critical issues, leading to finger-pointing between Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in recent days.

A senior administration official declined to discuss the specifics of Trump's phone call with Trudeau but acknowledged some of the President's conversations with his foreign counterparts on the subject of trade have been confrontational.

The list includes whisky, cheese, steel, bourbon, and pork.

Mexico plans to tax about $3 billion worth of USA goods, including whiskey, cheese and pork.

Washington exports apples valued at $200 million to $250 million to Mexico every year, representing 10 percent of its total market, Todd Fryhover, president of the Wenatchee-based Washington Apple Commission, said Tuesday morning.

US senior economic adviser Larry Kudlow called his country's trade dispute with Canada little more than a "family quarrel" Wednesday as media reports swirled about a tense phone exchange last month between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The US trade dispute with Mexico is heating up.

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Heriberto Hernández, president of the Mexican Association of Pork Producers (OPORPA), said that he supports the government's decision and didn't expert Mexican pork prices to go up because "there are a lot of alternatives" to USA suppliers.

Kudlow said the Trump administration remains interested in the WTO and is working to resolve some of its trade disputes through the organization, but maintained its rulings would not determine US policies.

However, one Mexican producer disagrees with Hernández's assessment that pork prices won't rise.

Officials in Brussels, who are leading the member states' response, said nations had given broad support for a plan to set duties on €2.8bn (£2.5bn) of U.S. exports.

"In no way is this [tariff list] publication revenge. As I said, Canada is whole lot different than Mexico".

"The impact on Canada and ultimately on workers in the US won't be a laughing matter", one source told the network.

The change in negotiations from multilateral to bilateral could come swiftly.

Mexico - a net importer of United States steel - is also putting 25% duties on a range of American steel products.

Meanwhile, separate sources said China has offered to boost purchases of American goods by about US$25 billion this year to fulfil President Donald Trump's desire to shrink the U.S. trade deficit with the world's second-largest economy.

Apples are one of 71 USA products targeted by Mexico, which is also in talks with the United States and Canada to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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