Donald Trump will announce taxes on steel and aluminum "very fair"

US President Donald Trump pledged that the import taxes on steel and aluminum he will enact on Thursday will be "very fair", citing possible exemptions for Mexico , Canada, Australia "and other" countries. "We will be very fair, we will be very flexible," Donald Trump launched a few hours before the promulgation of these taxes, whose announcement has rekindled the specter of a trade war between the United States ] and many of his allies, while creating disagreements within his own Republican Party and within the White House .

The signing will take place at 3:30 pm (8:30 pm GMT), announced the US executive in a statement. Donald Trump announced just a week ago his intention to impose 25% steel imports and 10% aluminum. In brief statements to the press in the presence of key members of his administration, he hinted Thursday that some countries could escape these tariffs.

"We have very good relations with Australia, we have a surplus Australia, a great country, a partner for a long time, we will do something with them, "he said. "We will do something with other countries", he added, while being very critical of Germany, on the issue of trade but also its spending on defense within NATO .

The US President also confirmed that his decision on Mexico and Canada would ultimately depend on the outcome of the ongoing negotiations on the North Free Trade Agreement. American (Alena) uniting the United States and these two countries. "If we find an agreement, it is very likely that we will not impose taxes on these two countries," he said.

"Great flexibility"

He had mentioned earlier in a tweet the need to protect the US steel and aluminum industries while demonstrating "great flexibility and cooperation with those who are true friends and treat us fairly in both trade and defense" . Canada, the largest trading partner and the largest steel supplier in the United States, has been heavily lobbying the Trump administration in recent days.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland met with Republican leader Paul Ryan, who himself urged the US president not to apply taxes for all countries. In the face of the outcry around the world, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that there could be "waivers" for Mexico and Canada and "potentially other countries"

US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had also shown signs of appeasement. The relaxation of the Republican president's tone also coincides with the demand of a hundred Republican elected representatives of the House of Representatives not to impose uniform taxes.

On the external plane, Washington has attracted the wrath of the European Union which has hammered out that a trade war would be harmful to all parties including the United States. "It is now time for political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic to act responsibly," urged European Council President Donald Tusk, adding that the dispute will be on the agenda of the next EU summit in Brussels on 22 and March 23.

One of the Vice-Presidents of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen on Thursday made a regulatory provision: Donald Trump can not exempt a member state of the EU from taxes without mechanically driving an exemption from all EU. Well before the promulgation of these taxes, the EU has prepared a response. Commissioner for Foreign Trade Cecilia Malmström has detailed a list of American products that could be taxed, including the famous peanut butter, to compensate in value the damage caused to the European industry.

Europeans export about 5 billion euros of steel and 1 billion euros of aluminum each year to the United States. Thursday, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is in turn on the rise, fearing that the escalation of protectionist measures does not compromise growth. On the side of other trading partners, Beijing said Thursday it would adopt a "appropriate and necessary response" to possible US trade sanctions. "In our globalized world, those who resort to commercial warfare choose the wrong remedy, they will only penalize others while penalizing themselves," said Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

(with AFP)

US Senate Leaders Announce Budget Agreement

One day before the US government threatened to close, Senate leaders on Wednesday (7/2) reached a bipartisan agreement that would fund the federal government for two years but postponed the topic of immigration.

"I am happy to announce that bipartisan negotiations, our bicameral defense budget and other priorities have resulted in a significant deal, "said Majority Faction Chairman Mitch McConnell, Republican senator from Kentucky, in the Senate room.

" Together we reached an excellent agreement for the American people, " said Chuck Schumer of New York's Democratic Minority Faction.

The package will increase the US government's budget for a national defense and national program by $ 300 billion over a two-year period, ending the mandatory budget limit that the Republicans say is weakening the American military while the Democrats are said to be harming the needy. [1 9659002] "The compromise we achieve will ensure that, for the first time in years, our military will have more resources needed to keep America safe," said McConnell.

"This will help us serve veterans which has boldly served us, and this will ensure funding for key efforts such as disaster relief, infrastructure and combat opioid abuse, "he added.

Senate leaders race against time, with federal funds due to expire at midnight Thursday. If the budgetary authority is not renewed, the US government will experience the cessation of both parts of government activity within a few months.

To become a law, the bill must pass in Congress and be signed by President Donald Trump. The bill is expected to stand opposition from a highly-conservative fiscal observer from the Republican Party and was rejected earlier by some Democrats demanding congressional action to prevent hundreds of thousands of illegal young immigrants being taken to America when children were deported. [my/jm]

US Attorney Announce 5 Allegations on Suspect of New York Bombers

US Federal prosecutors announced five federal terror accusations against Akayed Ullah on Tuesday (12/12), a day after the Bangladeshi immigrant detonated a pipe bomb in a New York City subway tunnel, injuring himself and three others. [19659002] The most serious allegation against Ullah, 27, is to provide material aid to a terrorist organization and to use weapons of mass destruction, allegations that could be imprisoned for 20 years or for life.

Ullah is also accused of public bombings, the destruction of property with fire, the use of destructive devices and acts of violence, according to criminal charges expressed on Tuesday.

US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Joon Kim announced the allegations at a news conference in New York.

7.20 am Monday (11/12) at tunnel subway station in New York.

Kim told reporters n that Ullah "chose the location and timing of the blast to cause the maximum number of human casualties."

Ullah wounds in the explosion and taken to the hospital in a serious condition, with burns in his hands and body. He is still hospitalized and Kim says that the lawsuit will be officially presented to Ullah at the hospital. [sp/ii]

Announce Victory, Iraqi Prime Minister: ISIS Opposes War Again

 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi says his military forces have taken control of the entire border region of Iraq and Syria. Abadi said his country had won the war against the ISIS group.

"The border zone contains some of the last areas occupied by ISIS, following the disappearance of the Swamp City in November," Abdi told a conference in Baghdad, as reported by the BBC on Saturday This declaration was announced two days after the Russian military declared that it had completed the mission to defeat ISIS in neighboring Syria.

"Our troops are in full control of the Iraq-Syrian border and therefore I declared the end of the war against the Islamic State (ISIS) … Our enemies want to kill our civilization, but we have won by our unity and determination We have won in a short time, "explained Abadi.

ISIS radical group had controlled most of Syria and Iraq in 2014, when the group proclaimed the establishment of a 'caliphate' state and enacted its rules on about 10 million people. [1 9659002] But ISIS suffered a series of defeats in the last two years. The defeat occurred when ISIS lost Mosul in July 2017 and Raqqa in northern Syria last month.

Some ISIS fighters are reportedly hiding out into rural areas in Syria, while others are believed to have escaped across the Turkish border.

"This is a moment a victory, which used to look like rhetoric and not real, "Abadi said.

Although the war was over, Abadi said the attack might still occur at a lower level. Abadi explains the conditions that encourage the growth of jihad to remain.

"Cities in Iraq are still prey to suicide bombers The conditions that encourage the growth of jihad remain, even in the reclaimed region (of ISIS)," Abadi .
(aud / nkn)

Trump Will Announce the Recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

President Donald Trump plans to announce that America recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel today, and will move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The decision is likely to shock the Arab world , but the White House says Trump simply acknowledges the reality of history and the present.

Trump has called five Middle Eastern leaders to give a brief explanation of the decision – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Jordanian King Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel -Fattah el-Sissi and Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

The White House statement did not provide details of the talks and said only "the leaders also discussed the possibility of a decision on Jerusalem." Added, Trump reaffirms his commitment to advance the negotiations Palestinian Israeli peace and the importance of supporting the negotiations.

Pa the White House official said late Tuesday that Trump not only recognized Jerusalem as a historic capital for Jews but also the seat of Israeli government, since the founding of modern Israel in 1948. [ds]