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Ottawa, June 14 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was at Washington, D.C., United States (U.S.), yesterday to discuss about the recently imposed steel and aluminium tariffs on Canada by U.S. President Donald Trump, media reports said.
While in Washington, Freeland yesterday spoke of the frustration felt both by Canada and U.S. over newly imposed steel and aluminum tariffs by Trump.
During her acceptance of the award for Diplomat of the Year, presented by Foreign Policy magazine, in Washington, D.C.,U.S., Freeland said,
“The 232 tariffs introduced by the United States are illegal under WTO and NAFTA rules are...in violation of the very rules it helped to write."
"We see this most plainly in the U.S. administration's tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum..."They are...in violation of the very rules it helped to write," said Freeland
World Trade Organization (WTO) is an intergovernmental organization that regulates international trade.
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), reportedly is an agreement between Canada and U.S. with a goal to eliminate barriers to trade and investment between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
“Canada has no choice but to retaliate...with our like-minded partners in the EU and Mexico...and they share our astonishment and our resolve" said Freeland and added Canada would retalliate with sorrow rather than anger.
Later Wednesday evening during a foreign policy speech, Freeland spoke about the international rules-based system that the U.S. led in creating after the Second World War.
Without mentioning Trump even once, Freeland in her speech said, "Facts matter. Truth matters. Competence and honesty, among elected leaders and in our public service, matter."
She won applause when she said "preserving Lincoln's vision" means fighting back against those who try to hijack democracy.
"The Section 232 action — which is, let me remind people, a national security consideration — is frankly absurd," Freeland said on Capitol Hill after the meeting.
Sen. Bob Corker, the committee's Republican chair said,
"I do think it's an abuse of presidential authority to use the 232 waiver, and I've tried to pass a piece of legislation on the floor to counter that," Corker said after the meeting with Freeland.
Freeland was assured by Corker of his efforts to gather support for legislation that would give U.S. Congress, not the president, the authority to impose tariffs under the national security clause of U.S. trade law.
Today, Freeland is expected to meet U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer in an effort to straighten out NAFTA renegotiation.