Canadian PM Releases Transcript Of Trump Call – Vastly Different Than W.H. Version


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke on the phone Tuesday following the Commerce Department’s decision to place a 20 percent tariff on Canadian softwood lumber imported into the United States.

The Monday decision to place the tariff on United States’ northern neighbor rekindles past trade tensions between the two countries.

Trudeau called the tariffs “unfair,” as reported in a readout of the call between the two world leaders. Both Trump and Trudeau agreed that it’s imperative for both countries to reach an agreement to settle the trade dispute that dates back the 1980s.

According to the statement from Prime Minister Trudeau’s office, the two leaders “reaffirmed the importance of the mutually-beneficial Canada-US trade relationship.”

The statement reads:

‘On the issue of softwood lumber, the Prime Minister refuted the baseless allegations by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the decision to impose unfair duties. The Prime Minister stressed that the Government of Canada will vigorously defend the interests of the Canadian softwood lumber industry, as we have successfully done in all past lumber disputes with the U.S. The two leaders agreed on the importance of reaching a negotiated agreement, recognizing the integrated nature of the industry between Canada and the United States.’

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross commented on the trade dispute, saying: “It has been a bad week for U.S.-Canada trade relations. Last Monday, it became apparent that Canada intends to effectively cut off the last dairy products being exported from the United States. Today, in a different matter, the Department of Commerce determined a need to impose countervailing duties of roughly one billion dollars on Canadian softwood lumber exports to us. This is not our idea of a properly functioning Free Trade Agreement.”

But Trudeau maintains that Canada will uphold its international trade obligations:

‘The Prime Minister reaffirmed that Canada upholds its international trade obligations, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, under which the US continues to have duty-free and quota-free access for milk protein substances, including diafiltered milk, and that Canada would continue to defend its interests.’

Trump and Trudeau also discussed the trading of dairy products, which Canada believes heavily benefits the United States. The statement from Trudeau’s office reads:


The phone call followed a threatening tweet from President Trump Tuesday morning. The tweet was seemingly in relation to comments Trump made to Wisconsin dairy farmers last week when he said Canada has been doing “some very unfair things,” calling the trade deal between the dairy industry’s of both nations “very, very unfair.”

Trump’s recent comments, as well as placing the tariff on Canadian softwood lumber, sparked outrage from Canadian leaders, prompting Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to hit back. She told CNN Money:

‘When it comes to defending Canada’s economic interests, we’re going to play hard. We’re nice guys: politeness is something we believe is a national virtue, but it’s not an accident that hockey is our national sport.’

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