Brazilian President Michel Temer said Thursday he will speak personally with his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, to complain about American steel and aluminum tariffs. “We are against all forms of protectionism,” Temer said in a speech to the Latin American edition of the World Economic Forum, this year in São Paulo. “The U.S. tariffs worry Brazil a great deal. I will speak to the (U.S.) president about it soon.” Temer did not offer further details about his expected contact with Trump. Earlier this month, President Trump slapped a 25% tariff on imported steel and 10% on aluminum. Brazil is the second largest exporter of steel to the U.S., after Canada. Temer said on Thursday that Brazil hopes to negotiate an exempt ion from the tariffs. “We hope for a rapid, amicable agreement,” he said. However, Temer added that, if negotiations fail, Brazil will join other affected countries in protesting the new tariffs before the World Trade Organization.
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