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Canada’s Trudeau accuses China of ‘dumping’ steel on global markets

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday accused China of flooding global markets with cheap steel, adding that Canada has already taken steps to prevent “dumping” in this country.

“We are very concerned about the actions taken by China and the dumping of steel and aluminum on the global market,” Trudeau said following a tour of a steel and aluminum plant.

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His comments came amid rising trade tensions in the wake of a US decision to impose steep tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

Canada, the top supplier of steel and aluminum to the US markets, and Mexico have been temporarily exempted from the tariffs until trilateral continental trade talks conclude.

Trudeau, who is expected to travel to three other Canadian steel and aluminum cities to reassure workers in the coming days, said Canada already has “significant barriers” to prevent low-cost steel and aluminum from being dumped in this country, and is prepared to work with Washington “and do even more.”

“There is a global overcapacity issue and we are very pleased to work with our allies and friends to continue to counter that problem,” he said.

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Louisiana Democrat re-elected governor — despite Trump’s rallies for the Republican candidate

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The Associated Press has called the Lousiana's governor's race for incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards.

Edwards triumphed over Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, who called to concede.

The outcome is another major political loss for President Donald Trump, who had held multiple campaign rallies for Rispone.

During his most recent rally, Trump begged the crowd to give him a "big win" in the election.

Eddie Rispone has conceded the #lagov race to Gov. John Bel Edwards, giving the Democrat four more years in ruby red Louisiana despite Trump’s best efforts to flip the seat. Edwards camp says Rispone called minutes ago to concede. #lagov #lalege

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Press secretary says it is ‘dangerous for the country’ to question whether she is putting out honest info

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Press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Saturday argued it was "dangerous for the country" for anyone to challenge the veracity of her claims.

Grisham made her argument after President Donald Trump went to Walter Reed Hospital for an unannounced doctor's visit, resulting in a great deal of speculation.

Following the visit, Grisham claimed Trump was "healthy" and "without complaints" -- a claim many found unlikely as the president has spent a good deal of time as president airing his many grievances.

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Sondland used WhatsApp to communicate with Ukraine — and won’t turn over the messages: report

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Ambassador Gordon Sondland used WhatsApp to send encrypted messages to a top Ukranian official, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

The communication occurred with Andriy Yermak, a top aide to President Volodymr Zelensky, when Sondland was in Kyiv, the newspaper reported.

"Sondland was also texting back and forth on WhatsApp with Yermak throughout the trip, and had been communicating with other Ukrainian officials over the messaging app in the preceding and subsequent months, according to people familiar with his interactions," The Post reported.

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