US Republican senator presses Trump to drop metal tariffs in talks at White House

WASHINGTON, May 3: US Senator Chuck Grassley in a statement said that during a meeting at the White House he called on President Donald Trump to drop metal tariffs so Congress can approve the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Senator Chick Grassley said.
Earlier in the day, the White House Press Office in a statement said that Trump was holding a closed-press meeting with a group of Republican senators to discuss US trade policy.
“I urged President Trump to work with us get past the steel and aluminum tariffs issue so USMCA can become law in the United States, Mexico and Canada,” Grassley said after the meeting on Thursday.
As chair of the Finance Committee, Grassley is in charge of legislation in the Senate that will be needed ? along with companion legislation in the House of Representatives – to approve the trade agreement.
In March, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters after meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that now that the USMCA was concluded the United States should lift the tariffs.
The USMCA trade agreement, signed by the United States, Canada and Mexico at the end of last year, would replace the 25-year old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


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