"I don't think so", Trump said.
But union leaders and Rust Belt Democratic lawmakers like the idea of tariffs, along with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and White House Trade Advisor Peter Navarro. He characterized rhetoric like Lange's as "scare tactics by the people who want the status quo".
Trump's trade skirmishes now have multiple fronts. Our friends and enemies have taken advantage of the USA for many years. "So, I think 232 (national security clause) is a little too broad and I think it's more prone to retaliation".
Here's how Trump described it.
"We will always look forward to competing to win on level playing fields around the world because that will make us stronger".
Trudeau was quoted by CBC News, "We will continue to engage with all levels of the American administration in the coming days so that they understand that this proposal is unacceptable". But it remains to be seen if Trump's explanation is merely simple or simplistic.
However Freeland didn't go into details about what those measures could potentially be.
The real increase in customs tariffs is not so painful for China, as in 2017 the imports of steel and aluminum in the U.S. are worth about 4 billion Euro.
"The American's have come after Canada on softwood, paper, aerospace and now steel and aluminum", said Dias. Only 31% of respondents in the new Quinnipiac University survey said they supported the tariffs, while 50% opposed them. Eventually, the tab gets passed down to the consumer in the form of higher prices.
German vehicle companies urged policymakers on Monday to avoid a trade war with the United States "at all costs".
So not only is the economics of what's happening confusing, so are the politics. "We can't have a country that can defend itself and prosper without an aluminum and steel industry".
But what is the cause of the USA trade deficit?
Other countries have already promised to respond to the new tariffs with import taxes of their own. Is it the result of both?