Trudeau: Trump's tariffs are 'insulting and unacceptable'

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Speaking with reporters at the White House, Trump said America's neighbors are "two very different countries" that perhaps should no longer be governed by the same trade rules.

A leading American trade lawyer says the window for serious NAFTA negotiations has simply closed for the year because it has been overtaken by the political calendar.

Tensions between Canada and the current United States administration are escalating in intensity amidst the new trade war launched by President Donald Trump. Ryan said there are better ways to help American workers and consumers and that he plans to work with Trump on "those better options". I want fair trade.

President Trump's top economic adviser said Sunday that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is "overreacting" to new USA tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada.

Mr. Trump justified it as necessary to ensure American "national security" because restricting these imports under Section 232 of the U.S. Trade Expansion Act would expand the United States' own capacity to construct its own tanks and warships.

President Trump initially announced the tariffs in March but then chose to carry through, claiming the tariffs are needed to protect national security.

The administration is also placing tariffs on $50 billion of various Chinese goods, citing unfair Chinese trade practices.

European Union trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom slammed Trump's tariffs as "pure protectionism", calling it "illegal" under WTO trading rules.

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland appeared baffled during an interview with CNN, asking how Canada could possibly be perceived as a national-security threat to the US. Following this, Canada filed a complaint at the WTO over Trump's tariffs.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken exception to the fact that the USA has imposed tariffs for "national security" reasons.

In dialogue with journalist Chuck Todd, presenter of the program Meet the Press of the US news chain NBC News, the head of government criticized the decision of president Donald Trump to apply tariffs to steel and aluminum imports from its northern neighbor.

The tariffs are also imposed on other allies like Mexico and the European Union, both of which have also hit back with retaliatory tariffs.

The memo, citing outside studies, adds the possible job losses from tariffs both threatened and enacted by the administration, plus a possible United States withdrawal from NAFTA, the trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.

Le Maire said it is up to the United States to take action to rebuild confidence among G7 members and to avoid any escalation during the upcoming leaders' summit. The said trade-move would raise prices of a range of everyday products.

Kudlow said the steel and aluminium tariffs on USA allies "may go on for a while" or "they may not", because the matter is subject to negotiation.

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