The Latest: Macron says US tariff tactics 'not satisfactory'

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, right, speaks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, second left, and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, center, during a breakfast meeting at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, March 23, 2018. Leaders from the 28 European Union nations meet for a second day of an EU summit to assess the state of Brexit negotiations and the prospect of a trade war with the United States. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, Pool)
British Prime Minister Theresa May, center, attends a breakfast meeting at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, March 23, 2018. Leaders from the 28 European Union nations meet for a second day of an EU summit to assess the state of Brexit negotiations and the prospect of a trade war with the United States. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP)
European Union leaders in the eurogroup meet during a round table at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, March 23, 2018. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, seated, speaks with Secretary-General of the European Commission Martin Selmayr, right, as he shakes hands with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel during a breakfast meeting at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, March 23, 2018. Leaders from the 28 European Union nations meet for a second day of an EU summit to assess the state of Brexit negotiations and the prospect of a trade war with the United States. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, Pool)

BRUSSELS — The Latest on the European Union's summit of leaders (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

French President Emmanuel Macron says that the short temporary exemption for the European Union from U.S. import tariffs on steel and aluminum "is not considered satisfactory."

The European Union obtained an exemption until May 1 to negotiate with the U.S. EU leaders gathered at a summit said that the grounds for the U.S. tariffs and the timing of the exemption were out of line.

Macron said: "The U.S. strategy — it is a bad strategy."

___

1:40 p.m.

Germany's economy minister says he's "happy and relieved" the European Union has obtained a last-minute temporary exemption to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Peter Altmaier told reporters Friday that Germany and the EU will now work on "finding a good solution with all resources" by May 1 — the new deadline.

Altmaier said the EU hadn't granted concessions, adding "when I arrived in Washington, I had the impression that a lot in the U.S. administration had not yet been set in stone."

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says the result "shows that a resolved EU that speaks one voice is listened to."

He added, however, that the "basic conflict remains" and said Germany would continue to fight for a "fair and regulated trade and for a multilateral world trade system."

___

11:00 a.m.

The European Union leaders say that they want the temporary exemption to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum the tariffs to be made permanent.

The leaders said that the tariffs U.S. President Donald Trump could still impose "cannot be justified on the grounds of national security" and therefore should be scrapped for good.

Despite the temporary exemption, the EU leaders said at Friday's summit that they reserve the right "to respond to the U.S. measures as appropriate and in a proportionate manner."

The EU leaders have also said they want close cooperation with Washington to deal with trade issues from now on.

People also read these

Armenia's parliament rejects protest leader as...

May 1, 2018

Armenia's parliament has rejected making the opposition lawmaker who led weeks of anti-government...

New hope: Armenia's young celebrate political...

May 7, 2018

Political changes in Armenia, a poverty-ridden former Soviet republic, could bring back many...

AP Exclusive: Diplomats: Iran to get natural...

Jan 9, 2017

Two senior diplomats say the six world powers that negotiated a nuclear deal with Iran have...

US suspends immigration program helping...

Jan 28, 2017

Officials in Austria tell The Associated Press that the U.S. has suspended a program to help...

Prince Charles, wife Camilla, arrive in Austria

Apr 5, 2017

Prince Charles of Britain and his wife, Camilla, have arrived for a two-day visit to Austria that...

Sign up now!

About Us

24-7 Reporters publishes up-to-the-minute news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our certified reporters are among the most experienced, well-trained and talented across the globe, covering issues resonating progressives in every corner of the world.

Contact us: sales[at]24-7reporters.com