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Mnuchin reportedly urged Trump to exempt Canada from steel, aluminum tariffs

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin urged President Donald Trump to exempt Canada from metals tariffs during a trade meeting Tuesday, according to a report by ABC News.

ABC News reported Mnuchin argued that the U.S. already has a $2 billion steel surplus with Canada and a $26 billion services surplus, and that America’s northern neighbor deserves an exemption from the tariffs on steel and aluminum that the Trump administration slapped on Canada, Mexico and the EU last week.

The meeting also included National Economic Council Larry Kudlow, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, trade advisor Peter Navarro, trade representative Robert Lighthizer and chief of staff John Kelly, ABC News said, and some opposed Mnuchin’s recommendation.

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