Not even Jacinda believes a word from Parker’s mouth

Jacinda Ardern and David Parker think New Zealand will be spared tariffs on steel and aluminium. Not even Jacinda believes a word from Parker’s mouth:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand has a “strong case” for an exemption from US tariffs, claiming steel and aluminium exports pose “no threat” to the world’s largest economy.

US President Donald Trump is pushing through hefty tariffs on steel and aluminium in a bid to protect manufacturers there, on the grounds of national security.

While the tariffs have prompted threats of retaliatory action, a number of countries are pushing for exemptions.

Mexico and Canada, two of the United States largest trading partners, have already been granted exemptions, while Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has also claimed his country will be spared.  

Good luck expecting New Zealand to be spared, especially when Jacinda Ardern spoke out of turn, and mocked Donald Trump for being orange.

Ardern told reporters at her weekly post-Cabinet press conference that ministers were seeking an exemption from the tariffs “as we speak” and believed the case was strong.

“We have what I would characterise as an important and broad relationship with the US, not unlike Australia, so we believe we have a strong case for an exemption.

“I think that case is enhanced by the fact that we are clearly not a target here. Our exports of steel and aluminium are very small,” Ardern said.

Small? Almost petty, like your attitude to the President?

New Zealand exports of steel have been put at $39 million a year, with $23m a year exports of aluminium to the United States.

“We believe we pose no threat to United States steel and aluminium manufacturers.”

Ardern pointed out that New Zealand imported more from the US than it exported, putting the annual trade deficit at around $60m.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand exported around $8 billion of goods to the United States in 2016, led by meat, dairy products and wine.

“President Trump frequently talks about trade deficits and those trading nations where he believes that the United States is getting a raw deal,” Ardern said.

“New Zealand is not one of the nations and we’ll be making that case.”

Asked about the possible influence of Chris Liddell, the New Zealand businessman who is now tipped to become Trump’s top economic advisor, Trade Minister David Parker said Liddell was a “loyal New Zealander” who had been involved in predator control activities through a philanthropic fund.

“I would have thought that he would be wanting to do his duty by his new employer but also do what he could for New Zealand.”

He works for Donald Trump… and he well remembers how Labour have treated people like him in the past. Now they want favours?

Commercial reality is likely to bite.



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