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Trudeau Called Trump to Talk About Steel, Aluminum Tariffs and NAFTA

Posted March 06, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Alexander Panetta – Canadian Press)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke by phone with President Donald Trump on a day the United States revealed it might use the threat of tariffs as a negotiating tactic to force a quick NAFTA deal.

On Monday, Trump explicitly linked the fear of tariffs on steel and aluminum to the ongoing negotiation of NAFTA, then his trade czar elaborated: Robert Lighthizer said the U.S. is in a hurry to get an immediate NAFTA deal, and if it happens quickly Canada and Mexico just might avoid tariffs.

“We’re not backing down. ... Right now, 100 per cent (chance we proceed with tariffs),” Trump said Monday in the Oval Office. “But it could be a part of NAFTA.” Click here to read more.