Pence, Trudeau discuss US-Canada trade disagreements

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In this Facebook photo, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with members of Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization whose objective is "dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology".

Vice President Mike Pence and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed ongoing trade disagreements between their two countries on Friday on the sidelines of a gathering of USA governors.

Trudeau's comments were focused on President Donald Trump's campaign -and now presidential promise- to renegotiate NAFTA, a trade deal struck in the 1990's between Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

"Sometimes getting it right means refusing to take the politically tempting shortcuts", Trudeau told a meeting of the U.S. National Governors Association in Providence, Rhode Island.

"Such policies kill growth", Trudeau said. Trudeau says the agreement has only benefitted the entire continent.

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Trudeau also told reporters on Friday that Trump told him that he did not expect to subject Canadian steel and aluminum to face tariffs on national security grounds.

"To boil this down to one point: Canada is your biggest, best customer - by far", he said.

In addition, Pence and Trudeau spoke about US-Canada mutually beneficial trade and investment relationship and agreed to work on disagreements in the sector.

Trudeau's defense of the 1994 trilateral North American trade agreement comes ahead of the NAFTA renegotiation scheduled for August.

"We think it should be modernized as it has been a dozen times over the past quarter century", he said. "And I have every expectation it will be - to the ultimate benefit of working people in all three partner countries".

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