We don’t get to complain about the tariffs

US President Donald Trump has given exemptions to his steel and aluminium tariffs to US allies like Mexico, Canada, Australia and the EU, but New Zealand was not on that list.

Trade Minster David Parker said it “belies our strong positive relationship.”

There were also people on Radio New Zealand this morning complaining about it.

And, when I hear these complaints about the tariffs, I just don’t think we have a right to complain about them.

They’re the USA. We’re New Zealand. They’re a world super power. We are a few islands in the south pacific.

The US owes us nothing.

And don’t get me wrong, we should absolutely push to get an exemption from the tariffs.

But, we don’t really have a lot to offer them, and I think it’s unlikely we will get an exemption.

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