Foreign Affairs Minister in Washington pressing against US steel, aluminum tariffs

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland continues her visit to Washington today, where she's pressing the case against US tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Yesterday, Freeland reiterated Canada's opposition to President Donald Trump's trade tactics in a meeting with the influential US Senate foreign relations committee in Washington.

She also gave a major foreign police speech in which she defended the international, rules-based order that Trump seems to have little time for.

In accepting the Foreign Policy journal's diplomat of the year award, Freeland called the tariffs ``a naked example of the United States putting its thumb on the scale, in violation of the very rules it helped to write.''

Without mentioning Trump by name, she argued that international institutions such as the United Nations and the World Bank may not be perfect.

But she said they are the guardians of liberal democracy at a time when populism and authoritarianism are ``on the march.''