"But I should stress that overcapacity of the steel industry is a global issue and can not be resolved by any single party alone", Lu told a regular press briefing.
The proclamation instead pointed to economic integration between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the fact the U.S. also exports steel to both Canada and Mexico, and the three countries' shared commitment to national security and addressing global excess capacity in steel production.
Trudeau said Canada had a lot more work to do and would press Washington to ensure the exemptions were permanent.
"There's no victor in any trade war", Didier Leroy, executive vice president at Toyota, said after Trump tweeted over the weekend that European cars "freely pour" into the U.S. Marie, Ont., part of a three-day meet-and-greet tour of communities where steel and aluminum manufacturing are major employers.
Trump did say he expected both Canada and Mexico to take action to prevent other countries from sneaking steel into the U.S.by sending them to Canada or Mexico first.
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The trip comes after Canada won an exemption from tariffs on the two metals that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump will levy on all countries except Canada and Mexico.
Galimberti said the meeting with Trudeau was an "important affirmation" that the government's months-long involvement in the issue would continue.
"[We're] highlighting that the imposition of tariffs on Canada would end up hurting the US nearly as much as it would hurt Canada".
Trudeau, during a March 13 visit to Hamilton said since Trump's election in 2016 he has been talking about the benefits of Canadian steel and aluminum and arguing there is no national security threat to the United States.
Trudeau credited the co-ordinated efforts of business, labour and political leaders for securing an exemption for Canadian steel and aluminum from the recent threat of US trade duties.
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Earlier on Monday, Finance Minister Henrique Mereilles said Brazil's government had not made a decision yet on how to respond to the tariffs and needed to see what exactly the United States wanted in negotiations.
Trudeau shook hands and greeted workers during a shift change early this morning at the Algoma steel plant in Sault Ste.
A major sticking point in negotiations, however, is the demand by the USA for a large increase in the amount of American-made components in vehicles, something that would hurt Canadian and Mexican manufacturing.
Veteran trade lawyer Larry Herman said Ottawa needs to act without going through a lengthy process at the World Trade Organization.
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