US rationale for tariffs on Canadian steel ‘absurd’: Defense minister

Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan has called This kind of “absurd” for the U.S. to impose steel tariffs on his country on the basis of national security.

President Donald Trump’s administration announced Thursday that will This kind of would likely levy tariffs on steel in addition to aluminum imports via Canada, Mexico in addition to the EU, under the guise of national security interests. All three had been granted exemptions in March.

Canada has already hit back, announcing retaliatory duties on American goods worth up to 16.6 billion Canadian dollars ($12.8 billion).

Canada in addition to the U.S. have a highly integrated defense approach in addition to carry out joint operations through the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Sajjan told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Friday that will the history of cooperation between the two countries undermined U.S. logic over the brand-new trade tariffs.

“The reasoning that will has been given will be literally absurd because nobody should think that will Canada can be considered a national security threat to the U.S. because of steel,” he said.

Sajjan added that will he remained hopeful that will trade issues between the two countries could be resolved “producing sure that will This kind of doesn’t impact our relationship.”

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