Justin Trudeau intends next week to tour regions of the country that are heavily reliant on the steel and aluminum industries in a show of solidarity for those who would be hurt the most by the imposition of stiff USA tariffs.
The president said he's still waiting to see what sort of deal can be worked out on an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement to decide whether those two trading partners will get carve-outs.
'It's hard to believe that, at least for a percentage of children, maybe it's a small percentage, that this doesn't have a negative impact on their thought process, ' Trump said in his meetings with lawmakers. "We are deadly serious" about solving what the USA sees as unfair trade in steel and aluminum. And she made her case to Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, while in NY this week.
Japan, the US's top economic and military ally in Asia, was next in line.
The tariffs are being applied on the grounds of national security, which the president said was a "very important aspect" of the NAFTA accord that came into force in 1994.
The European Union, the world's biggest trade bloc, chimed in.
"We have been in contact but we haven't spoken yet because he's travelling", she said.
The potential tariffs have caused deep anxiety among United States trading partners and Republican leaders in Congress.
Hardt called the U.S. decision a "blow to transatlantic economic ties" and criticised U.S. President Donald Trump for seeking answers to U.S. economic problems overseas.
Trump is expected to make an announcement Thursday on the administration's stance on the potential tariffs on aluminum and steel.
In Sydney, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull cited Washington's strong relationship with Australia, adding: "There is no case for imposing tariffs on Australian steel". "We have capacity to produce more steel with our existing assets".
AK Steel worked extensively with the Department of Commerce and members of Congress. Newport even visited the White House to explain "the underlying situation" it faces as the last USA producer of "grain-oriented electrical steel". The tariffs would "seriously impact the normal order of global trade", the Ministry of Commerce said. It was the most explicit threat yet from the country in the escalating trade row.