May 17, 2019 / 4:30 PM / 7 days ago

Trudeau and Trump discuss steel and aluminum tariffs, new NAFTA

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump shake hand with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they attend the USMCA signing ceremony together with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto before the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina November 30, 2018. REUTERS/Andres Stapff/File Photo

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke on Friday with U.S. President Donald Trump about tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and about the trade agreement signed last year between the two countries and Mexico.

The two leaders spoke “about Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, and Canada’s retaliatory tariffs,” Cameron Ahmad, Trudeau’s communications director, said on Twitter. “They also discussed China, uranium, and the new NAFTA.”

It is the third time Trudeau and Trump have spoken in nine days, and the latest conversation comes amid media reports saying the United States is close to a deal to remove tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico.

Reporting by Steve Scherer

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