Until Washington grants them that full exemption, EU leaders say that they reserve the right "to respond to the US measures as appropriate and in a proportionate manner."
This first salvo in reaction to US steel and aluminium tariffs could be overshadowed by the decision to approve a possible tariff hike on Chinese goods worth up to $60 billion over Beijing's technology policy.
Leaders of 44 African countries sign the deal in Rwanda that aims to create a continental market of 1.2 billion people, with a combined GDP of over $3.4 trillion.
Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan says any trade war with the United States will only bring disaster to the world economy.
Trump pulled the US from the pact but the remaining 11 members pressed ahead, saying they were showing resolve against protectionism through global trade.
The blow by Brussels came hours after Trump's trade offensive brought the resignation of his top economic advisor Gary Cohn, an influential ex-Goldman Sachs banker who fiercely opposed the measures.
President Donald Trump says the US "will simply apply a tax" on cars made in Europe if the EU retaliates against the trade penalties he's seeking on imports of steel and aluminium.
US President Trump's planned tariffs on steel and aluminum would distort global trade and cost jobs, Australia's trade minister said, highlighting the risk of retaliatory measures from Asian exporters.
President Donald Trump says the US would impose tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on imported aluminium next week, as global leaders mulled taking punitive measures.
Turkey and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have signed a trade and investment cooperation agreement in an economic and business forum in Istanbul.
Subscribe to our Youtube channel for all latest in-depth, on the ground reporting from around the world.
Copyright © 2018 TRT World.