Canada: Trump speaks to Trudeau over phone, stresses on fast NAFTA deal

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U.S. President Donald Trump signs a presidential proclamation placing tariffs on aluminum imports and steel imports while surrounded by workers from the steel and aluminum industries at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 8, 2018.

Mr. Trudeau argued that Canada - the largest supply list of steel to the United States - is a key American defence ally and noted Canadian steel is used to manufacture USA tanks and Canadian aluminum is in America warplanes.

"(That would) ensure the vitality of United States and North American manufacturing industries and. protect the economic and national security of the United States".

President Trump temporarily exempted Canada and Mexico from new tariffs of 25 per cent on foreign steel and 10 per cent one on aluminum; he imposed those tariffs last week, citing China's dumping of excess product at below market rates as a national-security threat.

"There is no national security argument to be made against Canada", Trudeau said.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will be in Washington for three days this week - meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and key members of Congress. He will follow that up by speaking to steel industry leaders at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel during a round table discussion.

He said he and Trump also "welcomed and encouraged the progress being made on negotiation of the renewed North American Free Trade Agreement" and discussed an opioid crisis affecting both nations.

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Canadian steel facilities can't compete fairly against countries that choose "to sell at a loss in order to control the market", he said.

He said the government needs to monitor steel imports more closely so that if shipment volumes are rising, it can react quickly to stop Canada from becoming a dumping ground into the USA market. Canadian steel is in your tanks.

He will also visit Sault Ste.

Trudeau said Canada already has "significant barriers" in place to prevent low-priced steel and aluminum from being dumped there, and is prepared to work with Washington to "do even more". Marie, Ont., and Regina.

A spokesman said Trudeau plans to tour regions of the country that are heavily reliant on the steel and aluminum industries, in the face of stiff tariffs being threatened by the United States.

Days ago, Trump had kind of blackmailed Canada by saying the U.S. will exempt its neighbouring country from the latest trade tariffs only when a new NAFTA is signed.

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