Trump, Trudeau Have 'Truly Warm' Friendship Despite Report Of Tense Call: Freeland

Trump, Trudeau Have 'Truly Warm' Friendship Despite Report Of Tense Call: Freeland

In addition to other moves against American-made products, Mexican officials set tariffs on USA pork shoulder and legs at 10 percent, and they will rise to 20 percent by July 5.

Mexico promised retaliatory measures after the USA announced it would go forward with its plan to impose steel and aluminum tariffs. Some further tariffs will come into force on July 5.

The tariffs are meant to negatively affect areas of the country that supported President Donald Trump in 2016.

News agency Reuters said that the retaliatory tariffs could "have political implications in some hotly contested races" in the United States midterm elections in November, in which the Republican Party is seeking to maintain control of both houses of Congress.

But while Pence stands ready to fill in for Trump again this week, the president is convinced that his attendance at the G-7 summit is essential and is planning to travel Friday morning to Quebec, according to three White House officials. Certain cheeses and bourbon will be hit with 20% to 25% duties.

California sent Mexico $77 million in grated or powdered cheese a year ago, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

Mexico's list leaned heavily on different types of pork products, since the country is the main export market for the meat.

When then-prime minister Stephen Harper in 2011 said US approval of the Keystone XL pipeline - which then-president Barack Obama was refusing to do - was a "no-brainer", the White House considered the remark beyond the pale.

"The United States economy is growing".

Mexico's actions are within the rules of the WTO and NAFTA, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo told reporters on Tuesday.

Other products affected by the new tariffs include apples and potatoes.

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Canada had dug in on the dairy issue in the face of USA demands, calling it a non-starter.

The EU came second at 14 percent, while Mexico ranked fifth with 5.4 percent of USA imports.

However, one Mexican producer disagrees with Hernández's assessment that pork prices won't rise. "Our tariff rates are much lower than our competitors; his point is we should have a level playing field".

"In no way is this [tariff list] publication revenge".

Corker, whose state of Tennessee is home to foreign and domestic auto plants, questioned Trump's national security justification in a statement last week.

If the United States removes its tariffs, Mexico will do the same, Baker added.

"He has always said - and I agree - tariffs are a tool in that effort", Kudlow said. Also, four out of the top five states for non-prepared rice exports to the European Union - another target of the tariffs - voted for Trump in the election.

Mr Mnuchin and Mr Kudlow are often referred to as the "globalists" in the administration and they have clashed with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, who are more hawkish on China.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the summit host, and British Prime Minister Theresa May, who will also attend, are among those to sharply criticize the US tariffs as unjustified and punitive.

The apple trade industry will shift its focus to increase sales to USA markets and exports to countries that don't have import tariffs, he said.

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