Canada's Trudeau calls Trump about steel tariffs: official

FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walk from the Oval Office to the Residence of the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. on February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

(Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday about proposed steel and aluminum tariffs and “forcefully defended” Canadian workers and the industry, a government official said.

The official, who spoke on the condition they not be named, said the two leaders had a constructive conversation. Canada has threatened to retaliate if Trump goes ahead this week and imposes the tariffs.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Chris Reese