Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday and raised “robust issues” a few U.S. probe into automobile and truck imports that was launched this week, the prime minister’s workplace stated.
The 2 leaders additionally mentioned the North American Free Commerce Settlement (NAFTA) negotiations and bringing talks to a well timed conclusion, Trudeau’s workplace stated.
The Trump administration earlier this week started a nationwide safety investigation into auto imports that might result in new U.S. tariffs much like these imposed on imported metal and aluminum in March.
The transfer was seen as including strain to the continuing NAFTA negotiations, the place auto provisions have develop into a essential a part of the talks.
Trudeau “raised robust issues in regards to the U.S.’s Part 232 investigation on vehicle imports, given the mutually helpful integration of the Canadian and American auto industries,” his workplace stated in an announcement.
In an interview with Reuters on Thursday, Trudeau stated the investigation was based mostly on flimsy logic and a part of strain from Washington to renegotiate the NAFTA commerce pact.
Mexico’s financial system minister stated on Friday there was a few 40 p.c probability of concluding the NAFTA talks earlier than Mexico’s presidential election on July 1.