Trump invokes War of 1812 in testy call with Trudeau over tariffs

Washington apple farmers brace for impact after Mexico imposes tariffs on U.S. imports

Trump wants separate trade deals with Canada, Mexico, says adviser Kudlow

The Mexican tariffs target USA pork, produce, bourbon, and steel - products chosen with a political objective in mind.

The Trump administration placed a 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum with the aim of propping up us metals manufacturers. Ben Rhodes, a former foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama, warned on Twitter of "severe and lasting damage to America's standing", saying the acting "for no reason other than Trump's ego and impulses".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she expects "difficult discussions" at the summit in Quebec.

The tariffs could hit American apple growers in Washington state, cheesemakers in California and pork producers in Iowa, Virginia and Colorado. He's in standoffs with Mexico, Canada, China, Japan and members of the European Union, the largest US trading partner.

FILE PHOTO: Pigs enter a barn at the 2014 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa June 4, 2014.

Further complicating the USA relationship with Canada is the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, with both leaders saying they are willing to walk away from the pact if talks fail to produce a revised agreement to their liking.

A new report by Trade Partnerships Worldwide, an economic consulting firm in Washington D.C., found that these trade penalties and their resulting retaliation from foreign markets, will initially boost the amount of jobs in the steel and aluminum manufacturing industry by almost 27,000 over the next one to three years. However, Rossi, the Republican frontrunner since Reichert announced his retirement, has distanced himself from Trump's trade policies.

The leaders of the other countries have no political choice now but to confront Trump, Kirkegaard, of the Peterson Institute, told VOA. Democrats need to pick up 23 seats to take control of the House. When Canada instead formed a common front with Mexico against Mr. Trump's protectionist demands, the United States was upset, the sources said.

But the tariff is still a blow to an otherwise successful export season to Mexico.

In Iowa, pigs outnumber people seven to one.

Canada set a deadline of July 1st for us to lift our moronic tariffs before they respond with theirs, and make this trade war amongst allies official. Furthermore, he prefers visiting places where he is feted - such as on his trips past year to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Beijing and Paris - over attending summits where the attending leaders are treated as equals.

Similar disputes occur between countries all the time, Kudlow told a news conference Wednesday in Washington, adding that he's confident that the current angst over Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs will soon blow over. Steel exports to the US also make up more than half of Mexican production. But they'll have a significant impact on the targeted USA industries.

While Mexico exports more goods and services to the United States than it buys, it is also the second largest market for USA exports, buying $277 billion worth of U.S. goods and services a year ago, according to the Commerce Department. About 10 percent of the state's milk output comes from Stanislaus County, which is in the 10th congressional district, according to data from the California Department of Agriculture.

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