Australia Disputes US Tariffs Linked to New Security Pact

Trump Reportedly Broke Another Promise, This Time To Australia

While the world fears a new trade war in imminent, Donald Trump has announced Australia is off the hook.

The exemption follows months of intense lobbying at the highest levels of the Trump administration from Mr Turnbull, his senior ministers, Australia's Ambassador Joe Hockey and even golfing legend Greg Norman, who is a friend of Mr Trump's.

Thousands of Australian and US jobs could be affected if the US President keeps his promise to hike steel tariffs, which Mr Turnbull wants an exemption from.

SYDNEY-Australia on Saturday disputed U.S. President Donald Trump's apparent assertion the day before that the country being exempted from planned U.S. tariffs on aluminum and steel imports would be conditional on a new security agreement.

When the President announced his tariffs, only Canada and Mexico were given exemptions - other countries would have to apply, he said.

"Working very quickly on a security agreement so we don't have to impose steel or aluminum tariffs on our ally, the great nation of Australia!".

"A positive relationship with Mr Trump and Mr Turnbull is now forged, and indirectly a close strategic and security relationship does help", Dr Dean said.

"Spoke to Malcolm Turnbull of Australia".

"The United States has been taken advantage of for too long, by too many countries, when it comes to trade", Mr Pence said.

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd said on Saturday he was also concerned about a global tit-for-tat, taking issue with Mr Trump's belief that trade wars are good.

In the immediate aftermath, Australian Trade Minister Steve Ciobo told local media that he was "seeking urgent clarification" from USA officials to see if Australia would be exempt.

Mr Turnbull later told reporters that legal paperwork confirming the exemption was yet to be completed, but an executive order would put Mr Trump's direction in place. Do you think it's important for Australia to keep the U.S. on-side?

The the world's largest importer of steel, importing almost four times as much as it exports, according to the White House.

The decision has been made following negotiations held between the United States and Australia on the matter.

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