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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s workplace stated he talked to U.S. President Donald Trump at present about his administration’s choice to research auto imports as a menace to nationwide safety, a day after Trudeau stated the concept was based mostly on flimsy logic.

Trudeau spoke with Trump by cellphone, in line with a readout from the Prime Minister’s Office. The PMO stated the 2 leaders additionally mentioned bringing North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations to a “timely conclusion.”

“The prime minister also raised strong concerns about the U.S.’s section 232 investigation on automobile imports, given the mutually beneficial integration of the Canadian and American auto industries,” the readout stated.

On Wednesday night, the White House issued a press release saying U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was initiating an investigation beneath Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to find out “whether imports of automobiles and automotive parts threaten to impair” U.S. nationwide safety.

“There is evidence suggesting that, for decades, imports from abroad have eroded our domestic auto industry,” stated Ross in a press release.

The investigation will take a look at the impression of imports of cars, SUVs mild vehicles and auto components.

Section 232 was the part Trump used to slap tariffs on metal and aluminum imports again in March. This week’s discover didn’t single out any nation or automotive model as a goal.

In this Reuters interview clip Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reacts to U.S. President Donald Trump’s choice to examine whether or not overseas automobiles have damage the U.S. auto trade and/or undermined American nationwide safety. 1:04

Responding to the transfer Thursday, Trudeau stated he couldn’t perceive the premise for the investigation.

“I am — even more than I was with steel and aluminum — trying to figure out where a possible national security connection is,” Trudeau instructed Reuters. “Taking {that a} step additional into autos appears to me to be on even flimsier logical grounds.

“But we know that this is very much linked to ongoing negotiations around moving forward on NAFTA.”

U.S. tariffs might trigger chaos for a Canadian auto trade that’s closely built-in between Canada, Mexico and the United States. Canada is dwelling to main crops operated by General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota.

Congress initially set a deadline of May 17 for reaching a brand new NAFTA settlement, saying it wanted the time to conduct a correct evaluation of the deal earlier than the midterm elections.

House Speaker Paul Ryan later walked again that assertion, suggesting a extra versatile deadline is perhaps doable.

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