Now this is chutzpah

Reuters reports, as breaking news, that “The United States is requesting that a World Trade Organization dispute resolution panel get involved in a clash over international retaliation over U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter.” That’s right, the US government that used the ridiculous, totally ludicrous excuse that aluminium and steel imported from countries like Canada and other, European NATO allies, were somehow a threat US national security is now requesting that the WTO, which the USA is in the business of trying to emasculate, should now convene a panel because Canada and a few others “had also planned to ask for a WTO panel examining those tariffs, according to another government official familiar with the matter … [and] … Earlier on Thursday, Norway said that it, the EU and other countries would seek the WTO dispute group’s help.

So, before the victims of what can fairly be described as US lies and trade terrorism can seek redress from the WTO, the US jumps in and asks that body to rule against the retaliatory measures that the victims took … that’s chutzpah!


Edited at add:

Just to confirm, the New York Times also says thatThe United States is requesting that a World Trade Organization dispute resolution panel get involved in a clash over international retaliation over U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum … [and] … The requests, filed on Thursday, cover tariffs by China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico, which followed the United States imposing a 25 percent duty on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports, which it justified on national security grounds.

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