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Canada Says Trump's Tariff Plans 'Absolutely Unacceptable'

Canada Says Trump's Tariff Plans 'Absolutely Unacceptable'
Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland (Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 02 March 2018 02:45 PM

Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs issued a statement Friday critiquing a plan from President Donald Trump to install tariffs on steel and aluminum.

"As a key NORAD and NATO ally, and as the number one customer of American steel, Canada would view any trade restrictions on Canadian steel and aluminum as absolutely unacceptable," Chrystia Freeland said in a statement. 

"Any restrictions would harm workers, the industry and manufacturers on both sides of the border. The steel and aluminum industry is highly integrated and supports critical North American manufacturing supply chains. The Canadian government will continue to make this point directly with the American administration at all levels," Freeland added.

Canada is a "safe and secure" supplier of steel and aluminum to the U.S., Freeland wrote, and noted that Canada buys more American steel than any other country.

"It is entirely inappropriate to view any trade with Canada as a national security threat to the United States. We will always stand up for Canadian workers and Canadian businesses. Should restrictions be imposed on Canadian steel and aluminum products, Canada will take responsive measures to defend its trade interests and workers," Freeland wrote in the statement.

World Trade Organization Director General Roberto Azevedo also commented on the tariff plan, saying that "a trade war is in no one's interests. The WTO will be watching this situation very closely."

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