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Trump and Trudeau Confer on Trade, NAFTA

The leaders of the U.S. and Canada spoke Monday night amid plans for new tariffs and attempts to renegotiate NAFTA. The leaders of the U.S. and Canada spoke Monday night amid plans for new tariffs and attempts to renegotiate NAFTA. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: March 06, 2018 11:07 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have discussed trade and NAFTA.

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The White House says Tuesday that the leaders spoke on Monday, and that Trump emphasized his commitment to a North American Free Trade Agreement that is fair to all three countries. The agreement signed in 1994 includes the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and is the subject of talks to renegotiate its terms.

The president noted to Trudeau that NAFTA currently leaves the U.S. with a trade deficit.

Trump said Monday that he wouldn't spare Canada or Mexico from tariffs he plans to slap on steel and aluminum imports. But he held out the possibility of later exempting the countries if they agree to better terms for the U.S. in the NAFTA renegotiation.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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