European Union trade official: United States 'closed the door' on tariff talks

US President Donald Trump Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Joseph Dunford display their feelings at Arlington National Cemetery last week

European Union trade official: United States 'closed the door' on tariff talks

United States pork will be levied with a 20 percent tariff by Mexico in retaliation to USA trade barriers on steel and aluminum, Reuters reports quoting two industry officials.

"We'll do a little bit of tooling to do that".

Canada will do whatever it can to protect its steel and aluminum sectors from US tariffs, with officials in "intense" talks with industry leaders, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said on Monday.

Freeland said the government was pondering whether to do the same for steel and aluminum producers. "We are hurt and we are insulted", she added.

Quebec's provincial government said Monday that it's prepared to financially support smaller aluminum producers hit by US tariffs, much as it did with the softwood lumber sector.

The dispute with Mexico over tariffs makes it more hard to conclude months of talks on renegotiating NAFTA between the three countries, talks that began a year ago because Trump said the deal needed to be reworked to better serve the United States.

"Within the context of the rights that the existing accord gives us, we are answering", Guajardo said.

The timing of the tariff proposals puts it immediately following Trump's June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

After the talks in Beijing, the Chinese negotiating team led by Vice Premier Liu He issued a statement saying "the two sides have had good communication in various areas such as agriculture and energy, and have made positive and concrete progress while relevant details are yet to be confirmed by both sides". But that unleashed a backlash in Washington, leaving the company's future in limbo.

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Theresa May has told President Donald Trump in a phone call that United States tariffs on European Union steel are "unjustified and deeply disappointing".

Their criticism continued over the weekend.

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"Giving into this, the only language that Trump understands, is people fighting back, and it's about time this country fought back", he said. -China trade discussions - possibly the last before tariffs take effect - ended without a breakthrough.

While other World Trade Organization members are also considering retaliating by targeting iconic American products - such as bourbon whiskey and Harley-Davidson motorcycles - the escalating tensions between Mexico and the USA may further complicate the renegotiation of the Nafta trade accord.

On Sunday, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland urged Trump to "think hard about the message you're sending to your closest allies".

"We, too, need to be ready to step up a notch, but also keep a cool head", he told France's Inter Radio, according to Reuters.

The same was true of Mexico and Canada, with the latter's leader lashing out at Trump in recent days over the matter. "By the time I finish trade talks, that will change", he tweeted.

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