Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the Ford Essex Engine Plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, on Thursday, March 30, 2017. (Dave Chidley/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised Friday to explain to the Trump administration the importance of free trade between Canada and the United States, particularly for jobs.The United States is Canada's biggest trading partner, with a trade surplus on merchandise alone last year of Can$32.5 billion (U.S.$24.4 billion).Trudeau said it was "extremely important" to work with the Trump administration on the issue, without dramatizing the U.S. decision to target Canada along with more than a dozen other countries.Canada is linked to the United States and Mexico through the North American Free Trade Agreement which Trump wants to renegotiate.
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