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Trump takes aim at Canada after Trudeau's retaliation over new US tariffs

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he is having trouble with the idea that President Donald Trump considers Canadian interests a threat to the United States.

Trudeau, in his own statement, called the idea that Canada, "America's most steadfast ally", be considered a national security threat to the United States "simply ridiculous" and "inconceivable".

The Trump administration's latest move to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the U.S.'s biggest strategic and trade partners has touched off a barrage of criticism and retaliation.

Trudeau also faced pressure Monday to speed up Canada's tariff retaliation on USA steel and aluminum imports, while it consults on imposing levies on other American consumer goods.

Trudeau retaliated by announcing reciprocal tariffs on US imports.

All options are being looked at as the industries grapple with new tariffs imposed by the U.S., Bains said.

"Only President Trump has said he believes he can win one". "We're moving towards, you know, flexibility in those areas that I thought was very, very promising". It will mark Trump's first official visit to Canada as president. Last week however, United States commerce secretary Wilbur Ross said the USA had made insufficient progress with its allies to reduce America's trade deficit, and lifted the waiver.

Hillman, a former member of the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body, told Weekend Edition that responding to the likely defense from the USA will be tricky for the WTO. Many economists share the congressman's concerns, which is why we urge the Trump administration to take a step back and consider the ramifications of starting a trade war with Canada, Mexico and the EU.

"Don't blame Trump. Blame China, blame Europe, blame NAFTA".

Photo submitted by MP Terry Sheehan shows Taken outside Office of the Prime Minister after meeting with PM.left to right: Kalyan Ghosh, CEO Algoma Steel, Terry Sheehan, MP Sault Ste.

Kudlow acknowleged that the dispute over trade could jeopardize a United States economy that is now "clicking on all cylinders", with surging growth and low unemployment.

Canada sent 84 percent of its steel exports, worth C$9 billion, south past year, according to Statistics Canada.

The shadow global trade secretary, Barry Gardiner, said the issue must be given a formal place on the agenda at the forthcoming G7 summit in Canada.

The Financial Post led with the fact that the other six members - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom - had issued a statement critical of recent US actions. "If we have to walk out of NAFTA, or those negotiations totally break down, then this steel thing turns in from a minor irritant to a major calamity for our economy and our stock market".

On "Fox & Friends" on Saturday, Pete Hegseth said it's one thing to oppose tariffs, but it's another to invoke the military.

Trump and other G7 leaders meet next weekend in Quebec.

Previously, the USA had been known as a leader of free trade and supported these other countries - some of which are the closest US allies - in opening their policies. "It can be solved if people work together", Kudlow said. "It has, in some cases, damaged the American economy, damaged American workers in manufacturing and other businesses", Kudlow said.

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