Germany’s Volkswagen is warning that the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs could start a trade war. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
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U.S. President Donald Trump told Canada and the European Union Friday to do more to bring down their trade surpluses, a day after hitting the two U.S. allies and Mexico with import tariffs on their steel and aluminum.The EU took the U.S. to the World Trade Organization to challenge the legality of the new tariffs and the Trump administration's national-security justification.Canada, the largest supplier of steel to the United States, will impose tariffs covering C$16.6 billion ($12.8 billion) on U.S. imports, including whiskey, orange juice, steel, aluminum and other products.Tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum were imposed on the EU, Canada and Mexico from midnight in Washington Friday.The EU's Malmstrom said there would be no such wider trade talks as long as the U.S. measures were in place.EU members have so far given broad support to a European Commission plan to set duties on 2.8 billion euros ($3.4 billion) of exports from the U.S.EU exports subject to the U.S. duties are worth 6.4 billion euros ($7.5 billion).Malmstrom said over-production from China, not Europe, was to blame for the glut of steel that prompted the U.S. action.She also announced a case against China at the WTO over the alleged infringement of intellectual property rights, saying the action simultaneous with the case against the United States showed that the EU was being even-handed.
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