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US President Donald Trump on Thursday moved to reimpose 10% tariffs on some Canadian aluminum products to protect US industry from a “surge” in imports, angering Ottawa and some US business groups, Jeff Mason and Julie Gordon wrote for Reuters early on August 7, 2020. 

Canada pledged retaliation as tensions heightened between the close allies just weeks after a new continental trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada came into effect. 

During a speech at a Whirlpool Corp. washing machine factory in Ohio to tout his “America First” trade agenda, Trump said he signed a proclamation reimposing the “Section 232” national security tariffs. The step was “absolutely necessary to defend our aluminum industry,” he said. Trump is wooing blue collar workers in Ohio, where voters are said to be shying from his toxic campaign that has degenerated into mudslinging, with Trump, a known twice-divorced philanderer, tagging his Democratic rival Joe Biden as “anti-God.” 

Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said the tariffs would hurt workers and regional economies already hit by the coronavirus pandemic and pledged Ottawa would retaliate as it had done in 2018, when Trump first imposed punitive measures on Canadian steel and aluminum. “In response to the American tariffs, Canada intends to swiftly impose dollar-for-dollar countermeasures,” Freeland said in a statement.

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