Trump talks tariffs with Australia's Turnbull


The president said he's going to be "very fair" and "very flexible" on tariffs and reiterated he wants a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum.

John Bozzella, who heads Global Automakers, a trade group representing Toyota Motor Corp, Hyundai Motor Co, Honda Motor Co and others, said the group is pushing to convince policymakers that the USA tariffs do not make sense. "Real friends" Trump said the tariffs - which will come into effect after 15 days - will not initially apply to Canada and Mexico, and that close partners on security and trade could negotiate exemptions.

Non-US governments, and particularly democracies, "are under enormous pressure not to be seen to be caving to the Trump administration", because of his unpopularity overseas, said Timothy Meyer, an worldwide trade specialist and law professor at Vanderbilt University.

Canada's Liberal government also had sprung into action to defend NAFTA and cross-border steel and aluminum trade once it became clear last week that Trump was serious about imposing tariffs. It also said that it would take the case to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in an attempt to get the tariffs ruled as unlawful. Administration officials have sought to iron out how certain national security "carve-outs" might be implemented amid a push by some officials to lessen the economic impact of the tariffs.

US President Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro, 68 anni, has emerged from the shakeup the ascendant.

Business leaders, too, sounded their alarm about the potential economic fallout, warning that American consumers would be hurt by higher prices.

Melissa Henson, program director for the Parents Television Council, a conservative watchdog group, said there is evidence that video games can "contribute to violent attitudes" or feelings of isolation.

Violent Video Games and Donald Trump
Here's the violent video game montage shown at the White House today

The tariffs rollout has been rife with confusion and dissension in the White House.

Trump also said the White House is working to ban "bump stocks" and said efforts to enhance background checks are "moving along well" in Congress. She maintained that Berlin was still in favor of lowering barriers to trade, rather than erecting new ones, and hoped that the European Union would be exempt from the tariffs announced by Trump.

The European Commission had already warned on Wednesday that if the USA went ahead with its plan, it would retaliate with increased tariffs on American goods such as Bourbon whiskey, Levis jeans, Florida orange juice and peanut butter.

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said the bloc was "not preparing for battle" but had to be ready to protect its industry.

Up until yesterday, the White House was sticking by the story that Donald Trump denies having an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels and that his fixer Michael Cohen paid off Daniels out of his own pocket without the president's knowledge or involvement.

"We have structured these proclamations in a way which are unequivocally created to defend our aluminum and steel industries", the official said. In a tweet, he said the " acting swiftly on Intellectual Property theft". Trump has repeatedly called on the group to increase spending.

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