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    US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a friendly conversation on Tuesday regarding the dairy and lumber trade, the White House said in a press release that was issued after a statement from Ottawa characterized the call differently.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — In a readout of the same phone conversation earlier on Tuesday, Canada’s Prime Minister’s office said that Trudeau refuted Trump’s accusations against Ottawa over its alleged harmful softwood lumber trade practices.

    “President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke today,” the release stated on Tuesday. “The two leaders discussed the dairy trade in Wisconsin, New York State, and various other places. They also discussed lumber coming into the United States. It was a very amicable call.”

    Earlier in the day, Trudeau denied US accusations against Ottawa over its alleged harmful softwood lumber trade practices, the prime minister's office said in a press release.

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    On Monday, the Commerce Department announced it has determined a need to impose the new tariff averaging 20 percent on Canadian softwood lumber imports. The Trump administration pointed out that the imports were unfairly subsidized.

    The Canadian government said on Tuesday that Trump's plan to impose new tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber is an unjust and harsh measure.

    Last week, Trump in his speech in Wisconsin promised to fight against Canada's dairy trade practices that harm American farmers. The US president reiterated the pledge in a Twitter message earlier on Tuesday.

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