Trump, Trudeau disagree on steel tariffs' connection to NAFTA

Trump spoke with Canada's Trudeau about tariffs, NAFTA talks: White House

Trudeau made the comments in an early-morning appearance Tuesday on Hamilton television station CHCH before visits to steel mills in the Ontario city.

"We are very concerned about the actions taken by China and the dumping of steel and aluminum on the global market", Trudeau said following a tour of an aluminum plant in Quebec.

The U.S. will impose a 25 per cent tariff on imported steel and 10 per cent tariff on aluminum.

Mr. Trudeau said on CNBC Monday that Canada's exemption from the tariffs have nothing to do with NAFTA talks.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the national security argument the making when it comes to considering tariffs for Canadian steel and aluminum makes no sense.

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NAFTA is an agreement which came into force from January 1994 by Canada, Mexico and United States creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America.

Reacting to Trump's urge, Trudeau told CNN that Canada is glad to see the United States is eager to seal the deal.

"We don't link together the tariffs and the negotiations for NAFTA, but we're happy to continue to move forward on the negotiations", he said in an interview on "Power Lunch".

Lawrence Valley and the Great Lakes, to the ports of the east and west coasts and urban centres across the country, Canada's steel and aluminum industries provide thousands of Canadians with good, middle class jobs and play an important role in our economy.


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