Ignoring GOP Pleas, Trump Sets Tariffs In Motion
Canada, Mexico initially exempt when import fees start March 23

President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb 23. His steel and aluminum tariffs will take effect March 23. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated at 4:22 p.m. | President Donald Trump on Thursday set in motion tariffs that will slap fees on many imports of steel and aluminum, moving ahead with a major part of his “America first” philosophy above the loud objections of Republican lawmakers.

“People are starting to realize how important it is,” Trump said just before signing in the Roosevelt Room. He said a “strong steel and aluminum industry” is “absolutely vital” for national security, predicting his action will trigger the reopening of American production facilities.

Trump’s Week to Include Trudeau Visit, Health Care Executive Order

Podcast: U.S, Mexico and Canada Start Work on the Trade Deal That Trump Put at Center of His Campaign
The Week Ahead, Episode 66

President Donald Trump arrives for a rally on June 21, 2017 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Trump spoke about renegotiating NAFTA and building a border wall that would produce solar power during the rally. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)


After Body Check, Justin Trudeau's Apology Tour Rolls On
Opposition leader left chamber after angry bump from Canadian prime minister

Call it Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology tour.  

President Barack Obama’s North American BFF has now said he is sorry three times for body checking a female lawmaker on Wednesday during an altercation with another member of the country’s parliament.  

Canada's Trudeau Could be Obama's Progressive Heir

Trudeau could be the natural heir to Obama's progressive legacy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama's joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday had all the hallmarks of a torch-passing between progressive leaders.  

Obama repeatedly touted his younger counterpart's work on climate change and referenced the liberal values he and Trudeau share. He even gave Trudeau, 44, advice on coloring his hair when the stress of his office turns it gray.  

Justin Trudeau, Making Canada Cool

Trudeau, seen here with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on March 10, has brought a sense of cool to his position as prime minister of Canada. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

For nearly two decades, no Canadian leader made an official Washington visit -- and no American really noticed. How the situation has changed. When Canada’s new youthful prime minister, Justin Trudeau, spends Thursday in D.C., at appearances that include a state dinner, Washington will be watching every move the 44-year-old liberal politician makes.  

Trudeau, elected last year in a rout of Canada's Conservative Party leaders, will be feted with all the pageantry the White House can muster.