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President Donald Trump has long threatened tariffs on imports into the United States.

Since 2016, Canada and the United States have sparred over softwood lumber and aircrafts, while also endeavoring to negotiate, along with Mexico, a revamp of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

In retaliation to these tariffs, Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada would impose surtaxes and other similar measures on steel imports, aluminum imports, and other products from the U.S. The surtaxes will cover $16.6 billion dollars, the exact amount of money made from Canadian exports of steel and aluminum to the U.S.in 2017.

Australia has once again sidestepped US President Donald Trump's haphazard use of hefty steel and aluminium tariffs against his allies, as a trade war looms.

"This is the best possible set of arrangements and really sets the standard in where free trade should be", Treasurer Scott Morrison said in Sydney on Friday. He also launched the largest trade action that Canada has taken in eight decades.

French president Emmanuel Macron said he had told Mr Trump in a phone call that the new USA tariffs on European, Mexican and Canadian goods are illegal and a "mistake".

In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the tariffs were "totally unacceptable", and Canada announced plans to slap tariffs on $12.8 billion worth of USA products, ranging from steel to yogurt and toilet paper.

The EU has already started a case against the USA at the World Trade Organisation in Geneva, although this route may take many months to reach a conclusion. He said Canada was America's "most steadfast ally" in war and peace, calling the tariffs "an affront to the ... thousands of Canadians who have fought and died alongside American comrades-in-arms".

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Mexico retaliated nearly immediately against U.S.

On Friday, Canada and the European Union attacked the imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, setting the tone for the leaders meeting next week in Quebec.

Mexico said it was imposing wide-ranging "equivalent" measures, ratcheting up tensions during talks with Washington to renegotiate NAFTA and ahead of the USA mid-term elections. "And now the door for the moment is closed", she added.

Trump tweeted that Canada had treated United States farmers "very poorly for a very long period of time".

Mr Morneau said Canada's government is not ready to discuss support or potential bailout packages for Canadian business sectors affected by the tariffs.

"The ties of commerce, friendship, and in many cases, family, between Americans and Canadians are undiminished", he said, in announcing that Canada is slapping counter-tariffs on the United States. Canada announced plans to slap tariffs on $12.8 billion worth of U.S. products, ranging from steel to yogurt and toilet paper. But as Politico reported, there is "unprecedented division over the agenda and what joint statements might be issued out of the summit."Trump's tariffs on European products, as well as his reportedly planned levies on German auto imports, is going to make this an awkward event".

Macron told Trump in a telephone call that the tariffs were "illegal", and Merkel said the measure "risks touching off spirals of escalation that in the end hurt everyone". But he exempted Canada, Mexico and the European Union to buy time for negotiations - a reprieve that expired at midnight Thursday. "It was not. We believe in the G7, it's an important group", Mnuchin said.


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