"This is a really sad time for us", Freeland said about the Trump administration's decision to extend steel and aluminium tariffs to Canada, the European Union and Mexico, all of which are close United States allies and have each announced plans to retaliate.
Canada retaliated for the tariffs Thursday with $16.6 billion worth of "countermeasures" that hit a range of products from flat-rolled steel to playing cards, while Mexico also plans tariffs on a variety of USA products, including flat steel.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that he'd offered to go to Washington this week to complete the talks, thinking they were close to an agreement, but that Vice President Mike Pence called him and told him a meeting with the USA president would only happen if Trudeau agreed to put a five-year sunset clause into the deal.
He also revealed in the NBC interview that Mr. Trump personally agreed with him previous year that it would be wrong to impose such a measure on Canada.
President Donald Trump suggested Friday the United States might pursue separate free trade agreements with Canada and Mexico to replace the 24-year-old three-nation NAFTA pact.
Germany, by far the biggest exporter to the United States, is keen to avoid a wider trade war, especially as the Trump administration has floated the prospect of tariffs on cars, which would potentially be devastating to German exporters. "To say that it is an attack on Canada is not right". "But we're also putting a number of tariffs on consumer goods, finished products for which Canadians have easy alternatives".
It's extremely hard to imagine the US being able to force such a long list of countries into giving in, especially since Trump is fighting a trade war on so many fronts at once. He added: "This is a trade dispute, if you will".
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In addition, tariffs against China could cost 134,000 United States jobs, steel and aluminum tariffs could cost 470,000 jobs, and tariffs on autos and auto parts could cost 157,000 jobs, Donohue warned.
The European Union is also planning a tariff counter strike and filed a request on Friday for consultations with the World Trade Organisation.
That summit, which will be hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, will also mark Trump's first visit to Canada as president.
Following the conclusion of a three-day meeting of G7 finance ministers, Canadian Minister of Finance Bill Morneau issued a summary saying that the other six members want Trump to hear their message of "concern and disappointment" over the United States trade actions.
"French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire also said Mnuchin was clearly isolated at on the tariff issue, with the group devolved to a "G6 plus one" with the six expressing "total incomprehension" over the destabilizing USA move. We're that interconnected, so we want a win/win, and that's what we've been working toward".
"Nearly 90 percent of companies in this survey said that the tariff impact would result in increasing costs and prices, a negative impact on their business or worker layoffs and a loss of business", said Melvin Torres, director of western hemisphere trade at the World Trade Center Arkansas. "But we see no sign of that in this action today by the USA administration", Trudeau said.
Orange juice is one example of a US good that can't be substituted easily at home.