Trump imposes tariffs, and U.S. allies retaliate

President Trump imposed steel and aluminum tariffs on the European Union, Canada, and Mexico, prompting immediate retaliation by some of America’s closest allies. The U.S. tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum took effect at midnight Thursday. “This is protectionism, pure and simple,” said Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission. Mexico said it would slap taxes on imported U.S. pork bellies, apples, cranberries, grapes, certain cheeses, and various types of steel. Canada imposed a surtax on $16.6 billion of American steel, aluminum, and other products. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Trump’s claim that the tariffs were necessary for national security an “affront” to Canadians who have fought alongside Americans from World War II to Afghanistan.

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