The American Secretary of Defence, Jim Mattis while on his way to Brussels on Wednesday said to reporters who were travelling with him that “the dispute with European allies over U.S. import tariffs” as Reuters quoted him, are not going to damage military and security relations, in his opinion.
In Brussels, Mattis will attend meetings of NATO Defence ministers about to take place this week.
According to Mattis, the existing dispute could not yet be called or seen as a trade war. “He argued that the U.S. is justified in demanding what he called ‘fair and reciprocal’ trade with Europe.”
Trump’s decision over the implementation of new metal tariffs has been fiercely opposed by Europe and Canada, which have argued they have nothing to do with the Chinese overproduction of steel and aluminum. The two “have threatened retaliation against some American products”… /IBNA