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"The prime minister expressed his disappointment with the decision by the USA administration to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum", says a readout from this office.

Trump enraged USA allies Canada, Mexico and the European Union last week by slapping tariffs on their steel and aluminum shipments to the United States; most other countries have been paying the tariffs since March.

Trudeau said the tariffs were not created to hurt the American people, but rather defend Canada's interests and send a message to the Trump administration.

Global agencies are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau push fellow G7 leaders for a US$13 billion investment in girls' education - and they're urging him not to allow the economic turmoil with the United States to interfere.

Canada announced plans to slap tariffs on $12.8 billion worth of USA products, ranging from steel to yogurt. Some U.S. companies that buy steel are complaining that Trump's tariffs put them at a competitive disadvantage. Lampron criticized previous trade deals that opened the Canadian market.

Canada had dug in on the dairy issue in the face of USA demands, calling it a non-starter. "Why is the prime minister waiting three weeks to impose these counter-measures specifically on steel and aluminum when the US tariffs came into effect right away?"

"I had to highlight that there was no possibility of any Canadian prime minister signing a NAFTA deal that included a five-year sunset clause, and obviously the visit didn't happen", Trudeau said. Part of the 10 per cent levy at the wholesale level may eventually be passed on to Canadian consumers in the retail price, if the tariff war persists.

"Our absolute view is that this is absurd to think that Canada could in any way be a security risk to the United States", Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau told reporters, following the meeting.

Trudeau said he'd refused to go because of the "totally unacceptable" precondition. It's not always easy to match a specific product to a specific tariff or to keep up with which products from which countries are facing, say, special anti-dumping duties.

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Trump campaigned on a pledge to rewrite trade agreements and crack down on China, Mexico and other countries.

President Donald Trump faced pushback Monday from Republican lawmakers, an influential GOP group and foreign leaders over his tough negotiations that are hitting China, Canada and Mexico with tariffs amid fears of a trade war.

Orange juice is one example of a USA good that can't be substituted easily at home.

The Liberal government is also expected to face many protests over Trans Mountain, following the outrage that has greeted its pipeline plan so far. The EU has stated that they are preparing similar tariff responses.

"They're our allies, but they take advantage of us economically".

The White House invoked national security concerns last week as justification for the metals tariffs, which it is also imposing on imports from Mexico and the European Union. They report a really high surplus on trade with us.

Hillman, a former member of the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body, told Weekend Edition that responding to the likely defense from the US will be tricky for the WTO.

That condition "makes no sense", the Canadian leader said Sunday.