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Yes, Canada and Mexico are - for now - exempt from the 25 per cent duty on steel and the 10 per cent duty on aluminum the USA president announced Thursday. The people said the exclusions for Canada and Mexico could be ended if talks to renegotiate NAFTA stall.

Teri Schultz, reporting for NPR from Brussels, says Malmstroem expects more details from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Saturday.

The European Union trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said the organisation was developing a list of agricultural and industrial products that may be affected.

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said after meetings in Brussels that she got "no immediate clarity on the exact United States procedure for exemption", and that new talks are planned next week.

In his first tweet on Wednesday, Trump showed no sign of backing down, saying the United States had lost more than 55,000 factories and 6 million manufacturing jobs and let its trade deficit soar since the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

Likewise, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland warned this week of "responsive measures" if the Trump administration slapped tariffs on Canada, the largest exporter of steel to the U.S.

"He only explained the schedule and the procedures", he said.

China threatened an "appropriate and necessary response" in any trade war with the US.

The tariffs are shelving plans by some companies to make investments in their plants in IN and Pennsylvania of a total of more than $1 billion that was earmarked for changing out antiquated equipment for new up to date equipment.

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Mexico and Canada, both of whom are among the largest steel exporters to the USA, have already been excluded from the tariffs.

Lighthizer didn't comment publicly after the meetings.

The Washington Post reported last week that Trump plans to visit the San Diego area to view the eight, 30-foot-tall border wall prototypes that have erected in Otay Mesa.

The threat of tariffs hung over the negotiations in Mexico City, and Lighthizer said it was an incentive for Canada and Mexico to get a deal - a sentiment echoed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross after Trump's announcement.

"The president encouraged [game developers] to explore things they can do on their own to make things healthier in society", said Media Research Center president Brent Bozell, "and that's where it was left".

The abcnews.go.com says China accused U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday of damaging the global trading system by hiking steel and aluminum tariffs, while Japan and South Korea expressed alarm at potential economic damage.

It has already started monitoring incoming metal flows to see whether a surge occurs.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Trade Minister Steve Ciobo have also been lobbying to have Australia spared from the 25 per cent tariff on steel, and a 10 per cent tariff on aluminium imports.

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