Australia Disputes US Tariffs Linked to New Security Pact

Australia Disputes US Tariffs Linked to New Security Pact

We have a very close relationship with Australia.

"What the prime minister made clear yesterday and what the president's tweet also referred to is now the legal process internally in the United States - it is effectively just about the paperwork that's got to be undertaken", Mr Ciobo said.

For her part, Minister Bishop insisted that in a meeting past year Trump told Australian officials that if he instituted tariffs, Australia would be exempt from the policy. We have a trade surplus with Australia. "No immediate clarity on the exact USA procedure for exemption however, so discussions will continue next week".

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed on Friday that Norman, a fast friend of the president, was asked to lobby Trump on behalf of Australia, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

We will be very flexible.

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"As a close security and trade partner of the United States, the European Union must be excluded from the announced measures, " Malmström said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that in the president's proclamation two countries are specifically excluded. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that Japan's steel and aluminum shipments posed no threat to US national security.

Some European policymakers said they anxious the tariffs were part of a broader assault by the Trump administration on ties between Europe and Washington, which has been the backbone of the post-World War II Western order.

US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert E Lighthizer has been put in charge of negotiating with countries that seek an alternative to the steel and aluminium tariffs, he said. "We talked about the military and security relationship, how strong that is".

He has left open an avenue for potentially modifying or removing a tariff under certain conditions for individual countries, it said.

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