Trump Announces Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum From Brazil and Argentina

By Zachary Stieber

Brazil and Argentina will face American tariffs on steel and aluminum, President Donald Trump announced early Dec. 2.

“Brazil and Argentina have been presiding over a massive devaluation of their currencies, which is not good for our farmers. Therefore, effective immediately, I will restore the Tariffs on all Steel & Aluminum that is shipped into the U.S. from those countries,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

“The Federal Reserve should likewise act so that countries, of which there are many, no longer take advantage of our strong dollar by further devaluing their currencies. This makes it very hard for our manufactures & farmers to fairly export their goods. Lower Rates & Loosen – Fed!” he added.

Tariffs against the countries were implemented in March 2018 but they were removed about five months later.

Both countries, especially Brazil, have been seen as American allies during the Trump presidency.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday he would discuss the tariffs with his economy minister who then might discuss them with Trump. “If needed, I can also talk to Trump, I have an open channel with him,” he said.

Trump has been implementing or threatening tariffs against a number of countries in an attempt he describes as rebalancing an unfair global trade imbalance.

Trump has repeatedly said that other countries have been unfairly exploiting the United States for years and the tariffs are a way to combat that.

In another missive Monday morning, Trump said: “U.S. Markets are up as much as 21% since the announcement of Tariffs on 3/1/2018 – and the U.S. is taking in massive amounts of money (and giving some to our farmers, who have been targeted by China)!”

From The Epoch Times