[:en]Trump imposes tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from key allies in Europe and North America[:es]Trump impone aranceles a México, Canadá y UE en acero y aluminio[:]

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The United States imposed steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico and the European Union on Thursday May 31, a date that will be remembered throughout history for such a decision by the U.S president.

The tariff decision was made official this Thursday morning, and the European Union will retaliate in due course.

Metal producers in the countries affected had been granted a temporary exemption from the tariffs earlier this year, but they are due to expire Friday June 1.

 The tariffs were originally announced on March 1 when President Donald Trump said that the United States was being treated unfairly.

“People have no idea how badly our country has been treated by other countries. By people representing us who didn’t have a clue,” Trump said, arguing that trade trends “destroyed” American steel and aluminum industries.

On Wednesday, a trade delegation led by U.S. Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, met with European Union counterparts in Paris but those talks appear to have failed.

Prior to the expected announcement, the French Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire, said Thursday that Europe would take “all necessary measures” to respond. The EU has previously said it will impose its own tariffs on U.S. products such as motorcycles and jeans.

That message has been reinforced by the German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz who said in an interview with Reuters Thursday that the EU’s response to the tariffs must be “clear, strong, and smart.”

When asked if there were any signs that the trade dispute could be resolved Scholz added: “No, there are no such signs.”

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to announce his decision whether or not to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 8, 2018.

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El secretario de Comercio de Estados Unidos, Wilbur Ross, anunció este jueves que se impondrán medidas arancelarias al acero y aluminio a México, Canadá y la Unión Europea.

Los aranceles serán de 25 por ciento para el acero y de 10 por ciento para el aluminio y entrarán en vigor a partir de esta medianoche, advirtió Ross.

En su mensaje, el secretario de Comercio detalló que podría haber flexibilidad sobre estas medidas en el futuro, ya que el presidente Donald Trump tiene autoridad para hacer “lo que desee” en materia comercial.

Además, precisó que la decisión de imponer aranceles para México y Canadá fue tomada tras la extensión de las conversaciones sobre la renegociación del Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte (TLCAN) y explicó que no hay fecha precisa para el término de las negociaciones.

Sobre la Unión Europea, Ross mencionó que hay avances con el bloque económico, pero no los suficientes para prolongar las exenciones arancelarias.

El 23 de marzo, Trump impuso aranceles de 25 por ciento sobre las importaciones de acero y de un 10 por ciento sobre las de aluminio, pero decretó exenciones temporales para la Unión Europea, México, Brasil, Argentina y Australia.

México y Canadá, que se encuentran en duras negociaciones con Estados Unidos para actualizar el TLCAN, que Trump ha dicho que quiere mejorar para su país o abandonará el pacto comercial.

Fuente: https://www.cnbc.com/

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