"There is no national security argument to be made against Canada", Trudeau said.
Steel makers in Canada are pressing the federal government to make sure Canada doesn't become a dumping ground for offshore steel originally destined for the USA market.
"As I said to the congressional leadership, as I said to the president last week: We are always happy to better co-ordinate and to work together to do even more to ensure that we are protecting the North American steel industry".
It was their first conversation since Trump last week imposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, raising trade tensions.
Trudeau says he has already spoken with President Donald Trump about foreign steel dumping and is willing to take further action, if necessary, to protect our industry.
Mr. Trudeau and members of his cabinet have insisted that the two issues are not linked and that extending the tariffs to steel and aluminum imported from Canada would harm the US economy. "We will continue working toward securing a definite and permanent exemption from those tariffs", Trudeau said earlier. "We know that the collaboration on NORAD, the collaboration on national security issues narrow and broadly is something that is really important to both of our countries".
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Trump also emphasized the importance of quickly concluding ongoing negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)"to ensure the vitality of United States and North American manufacturing industries and to protect the economic and national security of the United States", the White House said in a statement.
'Canadian aluminum is in your fighter jets.
Trump and Trudeau spoke by phone on Monday ahead of the interview. So that whole issue of national security is off the table.
"That's a concern that we share with the Americans", Mr. Trudeau said in Hamilton, the second stop on a journey that began Monday in Quebec and will take him to Sault Ste.
"Canadian steel is in your tanks", Trudeau said on CNN. Marie, Ont., and Regina this week.
Trudeau said the surplus of steel in the global market is not new and with American tariffs in place, some countries might try to ship to the USA through Canada.
But the USA government also wants to make sure cheap steel being dumped into North America by Brazil, South Korea, China and other countries doesn't enter the United States through a Canadian back door.