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Justin Trudeau Hits Back At Donald Trump, Puts Tariff On A Range Of US Exports

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| June 2 , 2018 , 14:54 IST

Enraged at the American tariff on Canadian steel and Aluminium, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has hit back at the United States with retaliatory duties on American imports.

Announcing the imports, Trudeau said, “Today we find ourselves the target of punitive tariffs on Canadian aluminium and steel in the pretext of national security provision. Let me be clear, these tariffs are totally unacceptable.”

Expressing his surprise and shock, Trump said Canada had been America’s steadfast ally for 150 years.

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“Canada will impose tariffs against imports of steel, aluminium, and other products from the US – we are imposing dollar for dollar tariffs for every dollar levied against Canadians by the US,” Trudeau said.

Trudeau said these countermeasures will apply only to goods originating from the United States and will stay until the US drops the tariffs against Canada.

“The United States has a $2 billion surplus in steel trade with Canada and Canada buys more American steel than any other country in the world. Indeed we account for half of US steel exports.” He added.

The Canadian PM tweeted that Canada will challenge these 'illegal & counterproductive measures' under NAFTA Chapter 20 and at the WTO. 

Ending his statement Trudeau said, “I want to be very clear about one thing. Americans remain our partners, friends, and allies. This is not about the American people. We have to believe that at some point their common sense will prevail. But we see no sign of that in this action today by the US administration.”