On another front, European Union leaders are questioning whether the tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum are really over concerns about USA national security.
Tusk reminded of historic ties between Europe and the USA, and noted that Trump has said "real friends will be excluded from the proposed measures".
The White House meeting was first reported by Politico.
Naysayers argue tariffs will raise prices, spark a trade war, and do nothing to bolster America's military preparedness - the official rationale for the move.
"We suspect that the USA move is effectively not based on security considerations but an economic safeguard measure in disguise", said Malmstrom. "Steel is back, and aluminum is back". And the U.S. eventually will suffer more than winning anything out of that.
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Many who have criticised the United States do see the action as a response to a real problem - excess global capacity in the industries that produce the metals, which makes it much harder to produce them profitably. If they understood markets, they'd know enough to stay out of the way. We are being played as suckers. "Canadian aluminum is in your fighter jets".
"He's serious about calling their hand on this, and my understanding is they are looking at a broad array of options to do that", Brady said. "So that whole issue of national security is off the table".
There's wisely been an exception for Canada and Mexico, our NAFTA partners.
It is also unclear if the requested $100 billion reduction would address US complaints about China's investment policies that effectively require USA firms to transfer technology to Chinese joint venture partners in order to gain market access.
Based on my conversations with Donald Trump on this subject, his doctrine is predicated on the undeniable truism that nations, such as China and Russian Federation, need America far more than we need them. BMD, its name notwithstanding, is aimed at developing the means for Washington to wage a "winnable" nuclear war, and is directed chiefly at Russian Federation and China.
Daniel McCarthy, the editor of conservative Modern Age, told Breitbart News Saturday that the "Republican party was built on economic nationalism".
"We're not talking about fancy cashmere sweaters, we're talking about cotton T-Shirts and jeans and shoes that kids wear for back-to-school", she added.
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The President may be willing to provide exemptions from harsh new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports if Brussels allies with him in his battle to combat what he views as unfair trade practices by the Asian superpower.
We can expect more. Unifor, in particular, has imposed round after round of concession and job cuts in the name of defending "Canadian jobs". China urges the USA to deal with each other with equality rather than resort to these trade protectionist measures.
Mistrust between the long-time allies has increased since Trump became president past year, and the USA tariffs proposal has exacerbated ill feelings.
Do the math. While imported steel will cost more, imports will drop from one third to one fifth of all steel used here.
But Washington showed on Wednesday that it has not abandoned the global trade body, launching a WTO legal challenge to India's export subsidies for domestic companies, including producers of steel, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, textiles and IT products.
Then there's Japan and South Korea which are targeted too, but who comprise the key military allies in helping Washington solve North Korea's nuclear weapons showdown.
"I'm really at a point where we're getting very close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want", Trump told reporters Tuesday.
The trade unions are pursuing a similar policy in every country.More news: Nigeria ranks 91 on United Nations global happiness report
The unions' incitement of economic nationalism, and the rise of militarism and the danger of war that accompanies it, is the logical effect of their anti-working class, pro-capitalist policies.