EU Says It’s Counting on Exclusion From Trump Metal Tariffs




March 9th, 2018 | By JONATHAN STEARNS 

European Union trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom vowed to press for an EU exemption from U.S. tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum when she meets her American counterpart in Brussels on Saturday.

U.S. President Donald Trump gave the green light on Thursday to the import levies on national-security grounds while sparing Canada and Mexico and giving his top trade negotiator, Robert Lighthizer, scope to work out exemptions for more countries.

“Europe is certainly not a threat to American internal security, so we expect to be excluded,” Malmstrom, the 28-nation EU’s trade commissioner, told reporters in Brussels on Friday. “We are counting on being excluded.”

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