"These unilateral tariffs, imposed under a false pretext of safeguarding U.S. national security, are inconsistent with the United States' global trade obligations and WTO rules", Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement.
Trudeau didn't specify what that might mean in the wake of USA measures aimed at Canada, Mexico and the European Union that slap import duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum.
The UK's Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox told Sky News it, too, is considering retaliatory measures and joining the EU's complaint with the WTO. And last week, he ordered an investigation into auto imports to the United States that could lead to 25-per-cent tariffs on cars and trucks, which would disproportionately hit Canada; about 80 per cent of Canadian-made vehicles are for the US market.
The EU's trade chief, Cecilia Malmstrom, said that the US decision to impose tariffs "is further weakening the Trans-Atlantic relations".
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Earlier in March, Trump had announced the said tariffs to be applicable worldwide while exempting Canada, Mexico and the EU.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire called the US tariffs "unjustified, unjustifiable and risky".
In a speech at a Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Udall said he's heard from civic leaders working in the Santa Teresa area that companies are ready to make investments, but are waiting to see if there will be a resolution to President Trump's efforts to overhaul NAFTA.
If Canada and Mexico choose to take retaliatory measures, it would not affect the ability to keep renegotiating NAFTA as a separate track, he added.
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The EU Commission president had also chided one of his commissioners earlier in the week for comments deemed too harsh on Italy. Although cabinet ministers are proposed by the prime minister and his coalition, they must be appointed by the president.
Fears of a trade war between the US and its allies were bolstered by the talk that US President Donald Trump is also seeking to levy imports of German cars; the tariffs would be similar to those on steel and aluminum.
"I don't think in any way the U.S.is abandoning its leadership in the global economy, quite the contrary". A recent list compiled by the European Union targeted $3.3 billion worth of US imports.
United Kingdom steel bosses have also expressed fears of the effect tariffs will have on the industry, saying that the U.S. move is a "big mistake". "The US economy will suffer as much as any other economy". Debbie Shon, a partner at the law firm Quinn Emanuel and a former official in the US Trade Representative's office under President Bill Clinton, told Business Insider that the exact value of the tariffs doesn't have to be exactly the same.
In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that the tariffs were "totally unacceptable".
"It has been a tense and tough G7 - I would say it's been far more a G6 plus one than a G7", said Le Maire, who called the tariffs "unjustified".
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That announcement came about a month after the Canada Border Services Agency was granted extra powers to identify businesses that try to dodge import duties and ship cheap foreign steel and aluminum through the Canadian market.