The White House is also distracted by Yanny/Laurel social media storm
EU initiates steps to protect European business in Iran
'Animals'? Trump says he'll keep using term for gang members
In Gaza, Israel Counts on Army Snipers Over Non-Lethal Arsenal
IPL: Mumbai Indians earn crucial win over Kings XI Punjab
Trump delays tariffs decision on EU, Canada and Mexico
01 May 2018, 04:26 | Rufus Hill
Trump's Tariff Relief Comes Down to the Wire Ahead of May 1 Deadline
Washington imposed a 25 per cent tariff on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum products on March 23, saying the imports threatened national security.
In Malmstrom's latest telephone conversation with Ross, Malmstom rejected Ross' demand for a voluntarily limit of European Union steel and aluminum exports to the United States of 90 percent of the average 2016-17 level.
So far, South Korea is the only nation to be spared from the duties after reaching a deal to revise its bilateral free trade agreement with the USA, which was already under way.
European Trade Commissioner Malmstrom was due to talk by phone with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Monday in a last effort to persuade Washington to do so.
If the European Union is subject to tariffs on the 6.4 billion euros ($7.7 billion) of the metals it exports to the United States, it has said it will set its own duties on 2.8 billion euros of US exports of products from make-up to motorbikes.
The steel and aluminum tariffs are fueling tensions with some of America's strongest allies, just as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin leads a delegation this week to China for talks on what the USA sees as Beijing's unfair trading practices. The U.S. imposed the tariffs after concluding foreign shipments imperil its security.
Trump administration officials have said that in lieu of tariffs, steel and aluminum exporting countries would have to agree to quotas created to achieve similar protections for USA producers.
The EU tariffs would hit US consumer, agricultural and steel products in many key Republican constituencies, putting pressure on Trump ahead of crucial midterm elections in November.
European leaders have resisted the idea of a quota.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by telephone Sunday, agreeing that reciprocal tariffs will be imposed on US goods headed to Europe.
It said it would launch a series of countermeasures if that failed. She has insisted on a permanent exemption without conditions. Trump has asked China to cut the gap by $100 billion and open up the Asian nation's markets to American products such as cars.
This afternoon, US Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said the president had not yet decided whether any countries should gain extended exemptions on the metal tariffs.
In addition to Mnuchin, Lighthizer, Ross and Navarro, the group will include economic adviser Larry Kudlow, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad and Everett Eissenstat, deputy assistant to the president for International Economic Affairs. "The president has not made any decision yet", Mnuchin said in an interview on Fox Business Network.
PM Modi says India never attacked any country
Buddha Purnima is being celebrated across the country to mark the birth of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The teachings of the Buddha had shaped the national character of several Asian countries, he said.
Packers 2018 NFL Draft: Day 3 Analysis
Brown was also expected to go much earlier, which was another good value pick. "Brown standing tall at 6'5". Brown finished a year ago with only 33 catches for 515 yards and four scores while starting all 13 games.
Five healthy habits to live by
Given that the habits of a healthy lifestyle are well known, the mystery is why we are so bad at adopting them, said Stampfer. Chan School - and colleagues set out to find some answers by investigating the effect of modifiable health factors.
Captain Iniesta to leave Barca at the end of the season
We're one step away from winning the league, which would complete the double, Then there's the World Cup [with Spain]. He would not be short of suitors this summer among the world's elite clubs but Iniesta said he will leave Europe.
Warriors vs. Pelicans, Game 1 on Saturday night
The team is playing without Steph Curry , which is becoming less and less impressive by the minute. The Warriors are fresh off a first-round disposing of the San Antonio Spurs in five games.
Lewis Hamilton: Valtteri Bottas deserved to win in Azerbaijan
Neither auto was able to rejoin the race. "I would have loved to attack a bit more but let's be happy with a point on the board". Hamilton eventually was told to finally box at Lap 22 and came out ahead of Verstappen taking P3 behind his team mate Bottas.
The 2018 NHL Draft Lottery Results
WBFO's Mark Scott talks with our Sabres analyst Bill Hoppe about this potentially monumental weekend in Buffalo sports history. The remaining order for the first round's picks will be determined as the Stanley Cup playoffs progress.