Trudeau Calls On Trump to Remove Tariffs at USMCA Signing Ceremony

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Posted: Nov 30, 2018 8:25 AM
Trudeau Calls On Trump to Remove Tariffs at USMCA Signing Ceremony

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called on President Trump to remove the tariffs on steel and aluminum between the two countries during remarks at the signing ceremony for the new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Both presidents addressed the tariff disputes they’ve had with Trump remarking that “battles sometimes make great friendships.” Trudeau, however, was much more blunt, calling the GM job losses a “heavy blow.”

He also addressed the president as “Donald” in arguing the tariffs need to be removed. 

Needless to say, the tensions during the signing ceremony were conspicuous. 

The USMCA replaces NAFTA, a 1994 trade deal that created free trade zones between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. The next step is for the deal to be ratified by the legislatures in all three countries.