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But if there are no exemptions, she said, "We will respond in an intelligent, decisive and joint way", Merkel said in Lisbon.

During a speech in Brussels, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, promised to announce retaliatory sanctions later on Thursday.

The European Commission says it will retaliate with duties on US exports, including denim jeans, drinks, and peanut butter.

Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel has announced plans to restart one of two blast furnaces and rehire workers at its Granite City Works outside St. Louis, Ill.

The trading partners are expected to retaliate, and have threatened to impose tariffs on US exports. The International Monetary Fund has warned that a wave of protectionist forces are the biggest risk to the global economic outlook.

Last week, the USA administration launched a national security-based investigation that could result in stinging tariffs on the autos the United States imports annually, just as it has for the smaller aluminium and steel industries.

Party operatives told CNN Thursday that they are fretting the ramifications of more trade talk, anxious that those countries could respond by targeting key U.S. exports, many of which come from districts that could decide the balance of the House in November. But nobody knows for sure, and the fear is that the U.S. action will damage business confidence at a time when growth is slowing. I have argued for the European Union and the U.S. to engage in a positive transatlantic trade agenda, and for the European Union to be fully, permanently and unconditionally exempted from these tariffs.

"The decision announced today is a significant threat to the 22,000 Canadian households whose livelihoods are directly supported by employment in Canadian steel", said Joseph Galimberti, president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association.

U.S. Steel was up more than three per cent to $37.47 United States on the NYSE, while Nucor was ahead by nearly one per cent at $64.70 US.

Shares of U.S. Steel and AK Steel jumped about 6 per cent each, while Nucor and Steel Dynamics gained more than 2 per cent. "They don't quite understand this is going to harm Americans" as well, he said.

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Canada is imposing dollar-for-dollar tariff "countermeasures" on up to $16.6 billion worth of US imports in response to the American decision to make good on its threat of similar tariffs against Canadian-made steel and aluminum.

The steel and aluminum levies and auto-import probe could play well with Trump voters in Rust Belt states in the lead-up to congressional midterms in November. There's little logic in imposing tariffs on metal imports from the Nafta partners.

Liam Fox questioned the U.S. decision to 25% tax on steel and a 10% tax on aluminium from the EU, Mexico and Canada.

Ross downplayed the disagreements during an interview with CNBC, suggesting that the change was a hiccup in US-European relations.

- The imposition of tariffs will begin June 1; NAFTA negotiations are ongoing and exemptions for key trade partners could still be made at a later date.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the European Union would respond in a "firm and united" manner to the tariffs. Mexico has also vowed tit-for-tat tariffs, although it has not publicly disclosed the items that it will target.

Foreign minister Chrystia Freeland called it "the strongest trade action Canada has taken in the post-war era".

Last week, The Trump administration announced an investigation into whether automobile imports are hurting USA national security, laying the groundwork for another trade fight.

Some stocks of USA companies that could be adversely affected by the tariffs, or by possible retaliatory action against the US, headed down.

"This is the strongest trade action Canada has taken in the post-war era".


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