By The Canadian Press on March 13, 2018.
HAMILTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the national security argument the U.S. is making when it comes to considering tariffs for Canadian steel and aluminum makes no sense.
Trudeau says he’s been telling U.S. President Donald Trump for over a year that there is no national security threat from Canadian steel or aluminum.
Trudeau made the comments in an early-morning appearance on Hamilton television station CHCH before planned visits of steel mills in the Ontario city.
Trump recently exempted Canada and Mexico from tariffs on steel and aluminum, although the U.S. government has been dropping hints that the exception is only temporary.
Trudeau says he will keep the pressure on Trump during the tariff negotiations, as well as on negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The prime minister is on a tour of Canadian steel towns to show his support to workers in the industry.
“There is no national security argument to be made against Canada,” Trudeau said on CHCH. “Our steel, our aluminium is in their tanks and ships and planes.”
The steel tariff threat was seen by many to be an attempt by the Trump administration to pressure Canada and Mexico to complete the NAFTA talks – giving in to other U.S. demands or giving up some of their own – rather than risk the punishing steel and aluminum duties.
The steel tariff investigation was launched to see the impact of steel imports on U.S. national security.
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