Yakima Valley apple farmers brace for 20 percent Mexico tariff

Sean Reid
June 7, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump take part in a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, D.C., on February 13, 2017.

The problem with Trump's comments to Trudeau is that British troops burned down the White House during the War of 1812.

Trudeau was angered Trump utilized the rarely invoked "national security" provision to justify the tariffs, and in doing so was alluding that Canada was a threat to USA national security. The War of 1812 lasted from 1812 to 1815 while James Madison was president; numerous most famous battles occurred in Upstate New York.

Trump also is set to hold a series of one-on-one meetings, including with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron.

"There are disagreements. He's sticking to his guns". "The lines are open, the negotiations are ongoing".

The conflict was provoked by a decade of British provocations against the United States, including impressing American sailors, imposing restrictions on American trade and providing support for Indian attacks on frontier settlements. That makes it by far the biggest market for the state's apples.

Rising trade tensions between Canada and the USA threaten to drive the key allies apart.


President Donald Trump's recent tariffs against major USA allies like Canada, Mexico and the European Union could cost the country 400,000 jobs, economists estimate.

The two leaders reportedly had a tense phone call May 25 before the official announcement of the new tariffs, which the president has justified under a national security clause in US trade law.

These developments make it more hard for any deal to be reached on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that Trump has been trying to renegotiate with Canada and Mexico.

"The idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is, quite frankly, insulting and unacceptable", Trudeau said in an interview with NBC News.

In April, Canada tried to address what Trump said were concerns about Chinese steel and aluminum being dumped into Canada and then being shipped into the United States.

Mexico also slapped tariffs on USA steel, as well as various farm products, including pork, cheese, apples, whiskey, cranberries, grapes and canned goods.

The move could create more cross-border economic uncertainty between Washington, Ottawa and Mexico City after Trump imposed metal tariffs on imports from its neighbors.


Other measures Mexico imposed include 20-25% tariffs on cheese and bourbon and duties of up to 25% on steel products. President Trump believes it "rips off" America and reduces USA power.

"The United States must, at long last, be treated fairly on trade", the President tweeted on Saturday.

Adding to the uncertainty is European anger over Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the worldwide nuclear agreement with Iran.

It's not only G7 allies that have been alarmed by Trump's money-centric view of USA alliances.

Ministers from Germany, France and Britain have already written to USA officials urging them to shield European companies working in Iran from getting caught up in Washington's new sanctions on Tehran.

"We are bound by the national interest here, more than anything else", he said.

"We understand what the president is trying to do in terms of the broader discussions", he told Maria Bartiromo on "Mornings with Maria" on Wednesday.


"The Canadians made an impassioned personal plea to Mnuchin to take the case up with Trump", an administration official said. "Our tariff rates are much lower than our competitors; his point is we should have a level playing field".

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