While this tour is mainly aimed at reassuring workers, the prime minister tells CHCH News that he's also speaking with industry leaders about what the global tariffs could mean for Canada moving forward.
Trudeau "emphasised that preserving (the two nations') mutually beneficial supply chains is critical to jobs and businesses on both sides of the border", according to a summary.
What he heard directly from the president echoed public remarks from Trump's administration: the US trade czar recently said he wants a new NAFTA concluded within weeks, because of upcoming elections in the different countries.
The prime minister will be in Hamilton on Tuesday.
Reacting to Trump's urge, Trudeau told CNN that Canada is glad to see the U.S. is eager to seal the deal. He is scheduled to tour steel mills in Hamilton, Sault Ste.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will be in Washington for three days this week - meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and key members of Congress.
Trump also emphasized the importance of quickly concluding ongoing negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)"to ensure the vitality of United States and North American manufacturing industries and to protect the economic and national security of the United States", the White House said in a statement. Canadian steel is in your tanks.
The Trump administration has set tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, applicable to every country except Canada and Mexico. "We must be concerned by the actions that are being taken by the worldwide community and understand that we simply can not allow countries such as that to destroy our local industry".
He said the government needs to monitor steel imports more closely so that if shipment volumes are rising, it can react quickly to stop Canada from becoming a dumping ground into the USA market.
Canada and Mexico will be temporarily exempt but there is concern the measure could be reversed.
Brazil has said it will seek exemption from the newly imposed tariffs.
NAFTA is an agreement which came into force from January 1994 by Canada, Mexico and United States creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America.
A spokesman said Trudeau plans to tour regions of the country that are heavily reliant on the steel and aluminum industries, in the face of stiff tariffs being threatened by the United States.