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Closing America: Allies yesterday, trade enemies today

Staff Writer |
The Mexican government has vowed to put barriers on U.S. imports in retaliation for the tariffs that U.S. President Donald Trump imposed on steel and aluminum products.

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"Faced with tariffs imposed by the U.S., Mexico will impose equivalent measures on various products, such as flat steel... lightbulbs, pork legs and shoulders, sausages and prepared foods, apples, grapes, blueberries [and] various cheeses, among others, up to a comparable amount," the economy ministry said in a statement.

In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: "These tariffs are totally unacceptable."

"Canada buys more American steel than any other country in the world, half of U.S. steel exports, Trudeau added.

"Canada is a secure supplier of aluminum and steel to the U.S. defense industry, putting aluminum in American planes and steel in American tanks. That Canada could be considered a national security threat to the United States is inconceivable."

He said Canada would pursue retaliatory penalties on a range of U.S. goods.

The Trump administration said on Tuesday that it would proceed with plans to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum from Mexico, Canada and the European Union (EU), effective June 1.


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