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Trudeau Tells Premiers U.S. Tariffs ‘Unacceptable’ As Trump’s G7 Looms

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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office says he spoke to provincial and territorial premiers on Monday to update them on Ottawa’s response to the “unacceptable” U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs.

Details of the call were released this morning, just days before Trudeau is scheduled to host U.S. President Donald Trump and other fellow G7 leaders in Quebec for their annual summit, which begins Friday.

Trump will be making his Canadian debut at the summit, but the personal relationship that Trudeau has tried to forge with the mercurial president has become strained of late.

Trudeau has used tough words to describe the tariff decision, and continued that approach on his call with the premiers.

“The prime minister expressed his disappointment with the decision by the U.S. administration to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum,” says a readout from his office.

“The prime minister noted that, given our shared history, it is inconceivable that Canadian steel or aluminum might be a security threat to the U.S.”

Trudeau told the premiers he plans to vigorously defend and protect Canadian workers and industry, and that he is committed to successfully renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement “that is in the best interests of Canadians.”

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The Canadian Press