US President Donald Trump delivers remarks to the National Federation of Independent Businesses in Washington, US Tuesday.
U.S. President Donald Trump again slammed Canada over a trade dispute and claimed that Canadians are buying common products in the U.S. and having to "smuggle" them back into the country because of high tariffs.
Freeland, who was testifying before House of Commons trade committee, wouldn't tip the government's hand, but she committed to hitting back hard with retaliation similar to Canada's $16.6 billion response to the new USA metal tariffs.More news: U.S. withdraws from United Nations human rights body
"They buy shoes and then they wear them. They scuff 'em up to make 'em sound old, or look old", he said. "No, we're treated horribly". "They like to talk, they're a great neighbour". We appreciate it. They fought World War I with us, and we appreciate it, ' he said, 'but we're protecting each other'.
"We can no longer be the stupid country; we want to be the smart country", he said to rousing applause. "It's not easy but we're getting there", the president said.
"We absolutely understand the centrality of the automotive sector to our economy, to our relationship with the USA and to NAFTA", Freeland said.
Trump reminded them of his campaign promise to renegotiate NAFTA or terminate it, noting that he was willing to negotiate trade deals with Canada and Mexico separately.More news: No plans to ditch McDonald's straws here despite United Kingdom move
Ms. Freeland told the Commons global trade committee on Tuesday that Canada is still revising the list of possible retaliatory targets based on feedback from businesses.
In it, the prime minister warned that Canada would not be pushed around on tariffs - a point Trudeau had made several times before.
So, the average tariff rate on foreign shoes going into Canada is just slightly higher than shoes going into the US.
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Meanwhile, Canadian officials have stressed the two countries' extensive trading relationship and pointed out that Canada is the top export destination for 35 USA states and that 9 million jobs in the United States depend on trade with its northern neighbor.