Trade Minister Steven Ciobo has not ruled out supporting World Trade Organisation action by other countries against Donald Trump's steel and aluminium tariffs even though Australia itself has secured an exemption.
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"Ultimately, we have a very healthy trade and investment relationship with the United States, especially the type that President Trump likes, and off the back of that it's understandable that the president resolved that Australia wouldn't be subject to these tariffs", Mr Ciobo told the ABC's Insiders programme on Sunday (March 10).
Mr Ciobo refused to criticise directly Mr Trump's much-maligned protectionist moves, however, saying he was "not going to lecture another country about what they do on trade".
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"Great discussion today on security and trade". Trump said in his tweet.
He said he spoke to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in this regard. Australia-US trade is fair and reciprocal and "each of our nations has no closer ally", he said.
Turnbull went a step further, telling reporters in South Australia yesterday that he was "very pleased the President was able to confirm that he would not have to impose tariffs on Australian steel and aluminium". "We talked about the military and security relationship, how strong that is".
"As a close security and trade partner of the U.S., the European Union must be excluded from the announced measures, " Malmström said.