• Hannah Phillips

Prime Minister Secures Exemption on U.S Tariffs

President Donald Trump announced he will be implementing steel and aluminum tariffs on products entering the United States. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was quick to respond.

He authored a letter to the President including prominent Australian names including Chairman of Visy Anthony Pratt and golfer Greg Norman who are both friend’s of President Trump.

The offensive was successful with President Trump tweeting that he spoke with the Prime Minister and “is committed to having a fair and reciprocal military and trade relationship with Australia.

He said he’s “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”.

The Prime Minister said at a news conference in South Australia that “I was very pleased that the President was able to confirm that he would not have to impose tariffs on Australian steel and aluminium and, of course, now the legal paperwork - the proclamation process under the executive order - will take its course to put that direction into effect.

So that was a very good and productive discussion with the President”.