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Trump, Trudeau discuss dairy, lumber trade

Trump, Trudeau discuss dairy, lumber trade
US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke on the phone and discussed issues of bilateral trade after the US earlier this week announced its intention to impose tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber imports.

In what the White House described as "a very amicable call" on Tuesday, Trump and Trudeau discussed the dairy trade in border states, as well as lumber imports into the US.

However, Trudeau's office was less positive in its assessment of the conversation with Trump, during which the PM "refuted the baseless allegations by the US Department of Commerce and the decision to impose unfair duties", Efe news reported. The phone call comes a day after Trump signed an executive agricultural order, criticising what he viewed as unfair dairy trade practices and complaining that farmers in US states that border Canada, such as Wisconsin, New York and others, "are not able to sell their dairy products into Canada.

"...And this has been going on for a while, and we're not going to put up with it," Trump had said. Trump also announced that his administration will "put a very big tax (...) on lumber — timber — coming into this country."
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