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Canada PM says he doubts Trump would want to impose auto tariffs

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Published: 09:02 GMT, Jun 21, 2018 |
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday (June 20) said he doubted whether U.S. President Donald Trump would carry out a threat to impose tariffs on autos, given the economic damage such a move would cause.

Trump has already slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada on national security grounds and is threatening similar punitive measures against autos, which would badly hurt the Canadian economy.

Trudeau told a news conference that given the closely integrated nature of the North American auto industry, any action against Canada would hurt U.S. companies and workers.

Relations between Trudeau and Trump hit a new low this month after a Group of Seven summit when Trump – taking exception to what Trudeau had said about tariffs – called the Canadian leader weak and dishonest. Trudeau shrugged off the attack, saying there would always be challenges in the bilateral relationship.

Trudeau also announced that cannabis sales will become legal in Canada from October 17 and reiterated his previous comments that the U.S. practice of separating immigrant children from their parents on its southern border was “unacceptable.”

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