Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump talks tough on trade ahead of G7 meetings in Canada

But trade tensions are heating up, culminating in a heated phone call between President Trump and Justin Trudeau, in which Trump dropped some history on the Canadian Prime Minister.

The meeting tomorrow and Saturday in Charlevoix, Quebec, will be the first chance G7 leaders have had to confront Mr Trump in person since USA tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union were imposed last week.

Trump responded by saying: "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?".

Leaders dismiss Trump's national security concerns as "ridiculous".

"Within the context of the rights that the existing accord gives us, we are answering", Guajardo said.

EU Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic told reporters: "The Commission expects to conclude the relevant procedure in coordination with member states before the end of June so that the new duties start applying in July". He called the tariffs "frankly insulting" during an interview with host Chuck Todd.

In private, the trade battle has strained a once-cheery relationship between the two leaders.

Officials in the Prime Minister's Office would not provide details, other than to say it took place on May 25 - the day Trudeau has said he initially proposed a face-to-face meeting with Trump to try to finalize a new North American Free Trade Agreement.

"Maybe the American president doesn't care about being isolated today, but we don't mind being six, if needs be", Macron told reporters.

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U.S. President Donald Trump fired a salvo at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a recent phone call over new tariffs on Canadian goods, according to CNN.

Whether or not Trump attends the G7 meeting, the spectre of the president's belligerent trade policy will linger over the gathering. If Trump really is accusing them of historical crimes they didn't even have the ability to commit, I don't have much hope that we will avoid the certain economic catastrophe that we're barreling towards next month.

"I focused on the message I was putting out, which was it is inconceivable and quite frankly insulting that the US considers Canada to be a threat to national security".

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tried to brush off the statement following the summit. Not only, if he was joking, did his joke fall flat because it was historically inaccurate, but Donald Trump, once again, went out there to another world leader and made a complete ass of both himself and everyone here in the United States.

Ishikane said Japan's top priority is to see the projection of "unity" at the G7 this week.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she expected "difficult discussions" at the summit.

"There may be disagreements". "I regard this as much like a family quarrel".

However, there are believed to be divisions over the scale of the fightback, with Germany said to be resisting demands in some quarters for a more punitive response.

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