White House Trade Adviser: No Country Exemptions for New Tariffs


White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday that President Donald Trump is not planning to exempt any countries from his increase in tariffs on imported steel and aluminum coming from foreign shores.

Navarro told CNN that final details on Trump's anticipated 25 percent tax on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum should be completed by later in the week or early next week at the latest.

Trump's new tariffs for the key metals have drawn wide condemnation from business-oriented Republican lawmakers in the U.S., as well as key allied trading partners — Canada and the European Union. But Navarro said the tariffs are needed to "protect our national security and economic security, broadly defined."

He dismissed concerns from Defense Department officials who voiced support for targeted tariff increases aimed at specific countries but not increases on the imported metals from throughout the world.

Navarro said Trump "listens to all sides and makes the tough decisions. I think it's the right decision." He called it "a slippery slope" to target only some countries with increased tariffs while exempting others.

Navarro said the message to the world on U.S. trade practices is simple: "We're not going to take it anymore. We don't get good results," Navarro said, adding that U.S. trade overseas is "not fair and reciprocal."

In another news talk show appearance, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told ABC News that Trump has talked with "a number of the world leaders" about his trade tariff plans.

Ross said the total value of the tariffs amounts to about $9 billion a year, a fraction of 1 percent of the annual $18.6 trillion U.S. economy, the world's largest.

"So, the notion that it would destroy a lot of jobs, raise prices, disrupt things, is wrong," Ross said.

Ross dismissed European Union threats of imposing retaliatory tariffs on such prominent American products as Harley Davidson motorcycles, bourbon and Levi's jeans as unimportant and a "rounding error."

In response on Saturday, Trump threatened European automakers with a tax on imports if the European Union retaliates against the U.S.

Ross called the possible European levies a "pretty trivial amount of retaliatory tariffs, adding up to some $3 billion of goods. In our size economy, that's a tiny, tiny fraction of 1 percent. So, while it might affect an individual producer for a little while, overall, it's not going to be much more than a rounding error."

Trump weighed in Saturday on his rationale for the tariff hikes with a pair of Twitter comments.

"The United States has an $800 Billion Dollar Yearly Trade Deficit because of our 'very stupid' trade deals and policies," he said. "Our jobs and wealth are being given to other countries that have taken advantage of us for years. They laugh at what fools our leaders have been. No more!

In 2017, the U.S. imported $151 billion more in goods from Europe than it exported to EU countries.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://republicstandard.com/white-house-trade-adviser-no-country-exemptions-for-new-tariffs/


I saw this morning that Lindsay Graham is complaining about the tariffs. That must mean the administration is doing something right.


LOL!!! That’s some good salt in the wound. When I think of foreigners the first thing that comes to mind ain’t Levi’s Jeans and Harley-Davidsons.


The crybaby countries always want a free ride It’s ok for them to put tariffs on our products but cry when we do it TOO BAD


Europe immediately started talking about reprisals with things like Harleys and Burbon but Trump made it clear… do that and we slap a tariff on your European cars… the US has a 2.5% import fee, the EU has a 10% tariff on US cars. Playing the tariff game is dangerous but this should have been the norm in leveling the playing field between countries all along.

We have one brief window of opportunity yet for the power of the US purchasing power to straighten out some of these distortions between countries and they US should aggressively target China and file intellectual property rights suits and penalize them until they comply.

Our trade situation as a country is not unlike the mess with NKorea. We have spent years selling out the use to globalist interests and it is time we confront these trade problems head on. Everyone knows that the actual cost of these tariffs on products is minimal but the reason they make so much noise it that it is upsetting their globalist agenda…


Things have been lopsided for too long. Either we reset the scales or we continue getting screwed. Even if the tariffs don’t last beyond the Trump presidency - they should be enough to force future politicians into being held accountable for making sure the US doesn’t get screwed on trade - constantly.


The reason for MAGA…


This is a good first step. But in order to get rid of the trade deficit he needs an across the board equalization tariff of 20% to go along with the specific reciprocal tariffs he’ll be imposing. He also needs to impose a remittance tax on all foreign corporations and individuals of 10% so that we get some of our own money back from foreigners doing business in America.


There’s been a free trade war for the past 50 years. And we’ve been losing it, badly, since the 90s.

Back in the day, tariffs were normal and because of the revenue tariffs brought in, the US government was almost fully funded without the need for a slavery tax…er, I mean income tax, and the government was minuscule in size compared to today’s disgusting behemoth.