Support at home helps Trudeau stay course amid Trump threats

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Earlier, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told the Fox News business show "Varney & Co." that despite the dispute over the tariffs Canada still wants to make a deal to resolve the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

"It's definitely going to impact the whole supply chain of automobiles in Canada and in the USA,"says Laurie Tannous, special adviser for the Cross-Border Institute at the University of Windsor".

"The price will be paid in part by American consumers and American businesses".

It's an unusual bit of tension between two countries that have been the closest of allies and reliable trading partners.

OTTAWA-Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland ventured Wednesday onto Donald Trump's home turf, denouncing his "absurd" tariffs and forcefully arguing for preservation of the world's rules-based order-with or without the United States.

"The notion that Canadian steel and aluminum could pose a national security threat to the United States - I think Americans understand it's simply not the case". She said the two agreed to continue NAFTA negotiations with Mexico this summer, despite a looming election in that country, but didn't set any dates.

Trump, meanwhile, renewed his criticisms of Canada's protection of its dairy sector, saying: "It's very unfair to our farmers, and it's very unfair to the people of our country". "We applaud Canada's engagement in the world for peace and stability". "We will act too", Merkel said. I have a good relationship with Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau had said using national security as a justification for tariffs was "kind of insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their U.S. allies in conflicts dating back to World War I.

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However, despite the ongoing dispute, the United States ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, believes that the tensions in trade can be resolved, although it may take some time.

"The whole approach has comprehensively changed by necessity, and it's one that's holistic and nonpartisan", said one official.

"We don't buy much steel from the States, or ship to the States, so it doesn't affect us that way", said Tom Elliott, president and CEO of Kawartha Metals. They inflicted Nickelback on us.

Even the Prime Minister has made an effort to reach out to Congress.

Canadian politicians of all stripes have rallied around Trudeau, unanimously passing a motion Monday supporting the prime minister and denouncing Trump's personal attacks on him. "Canadians - we're polite, we're reasonable - but we also will not be pushed around".

Freeland was on the Hill to speak to members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she got the backing of senators, who stressed the shared military sacrifice Canadians have made alongside U.S. troops, security cooperation and the deeply intertwined economic ties.

The Trudeau government has openly said the Canada-U.S. relationship reached a turning point when U.S. President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, citing national security reasons as justification.

"I don't know of any senator that I know of on the Republican side that has not expressed concerns to the president both about using 232 but also just the random nature of how this has all been carried out".