Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a televised Q&A that he’s working on pressuring Trump to drop steel and aluminum tariffs. The measures were imposed last May using national security as excuse. And it stays in place despite the signing of the so called US-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement in November.

Trudeau said “We have already been working with members of Congress, with governors, with business interests who are being affected negatively by these tariffs … to put pressure on the President that in the process of ratification, they should remove those steel and aluminum tariffs”.

Asked why he still signed the USMCA with steel tariffs in place, Trudeau defended and said securing the deal “at a time of unpredictability and protectionism in the United States was a massive priority for all Canadians”.

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