Canada prime minister says steel exports not US security threat

Elias Hubbard
June 23, 2017

Politico noted since his inauguration, Trump has tweeted about Canada four times, first about meeting Trudeau on February 13, and then mentioning Canada while describing a book.

He was speaking at an event organized by The New York Times and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Porter, who is based in Toronto, is a former columnist and feature writer for the Toronto Star.

"There's no question that the way the president chooses to speak directly to people through social media is a new wrinkle in global diplomacy", Trudeau noted.

Since assuming the presidency, Trump has tweeted about Canada four times, first about meeting Trudeau on February 13 and then mentioning the country while describing a book.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hugs Clement Chartier, President of the Métis National Council, as Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, right, looks on during National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

But two days later, Trump announced via another 140-character missive that he "received calls from the President of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada asking to renegotiate NAFTA rather than terminate" and that he agreed to do so. What I've found from this president is: "he will listen to arguments made, he will look at the ensemble of facts and proposals ... he will be open to shifting his position".

"One of the things that I've learned is he actually does listen", Trudeau said.

But beyond the headlines, we're seeing a lot of promises with little delivered.

Trudeau said there is a "100 per cent" chance that there will continue to be a North American Free Trade Agreement next year.

"Anything that the President of the United States says in any forum is worthy of noting, of placing into context", the prime minister explained. It was an very bad lot of work getting to the consensus we did.

The prime minister also heaped some unexpected praise on his chief rivals who are also working to keep close ties with the the Trump era.

The U.S. administration of President Donald Trump is probing whether foreign-made steel imports pose a risk.

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