Sunday, 21 October, 2018


Macron and Trudeau vow to confront Trump on tariffs

Conrad Doyle | 09 June, 2018, 04:13

In response, Trump quipped to Trudeau, "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?" referring to the War of 1812.

In what's been seen a jab at Mr Trump, he added: "Nobody is forever".

The two leaders offered that olive branch to Trump on Thursday ahead of his arrival at the G7 summit in Quebec on Friday, where disagreements on trade will be front and centre.

USA trading partners are furious over President Donald Trump's decision last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda. In a tweet the next morning, he mused about shutting Canadian wood products out of America.

The G7 Summit gets underway in Charlevoix, Quebec today as world leaders sit down for two days of talks on issues like economic growth, gender equality, climate change and plastic pollution. "Look forward to seeing them tomorrow", Trump wrote.

Trudeau and his fellow G7 leaders will try to persuade Trump to reverse the duties during the summit.

The UK was quick to hit back at Mr Trump's suggestion, insisting Russian Federation must "change its approach" before even being considered for membership. She was not named among world leaders due to sit with the U.S. president.

"Getting ready to go to the G-7 in Canada to fight for our country on Trade (we have the worst trade deals ever made)", he tweeted.

The G7 groups Canada, the United States, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany.

Twenty-nine European Union ambassadors to the USA penned an open letter to the nation criticizing President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to leave G-7 summit early, travel directly to Singapore Stormy Daniels's former attorney files defamation suit against her Justice Department seizes reporter's phone, email records in leak probe: report MORE's trade policies in The Washington Post on Friday. On other occasions, he has accused the country of being "very rough" as it has "taken advantage" of the United States and "outsmarted our politicians for many years".

Yet Trump wants them there, and other than his apparently desperate desire to hang out with Putin, it's hard to imagine why.

"We know certainly that there will be frank and sometimes hard discussions around the G7 table, particularly with the USA president on tariffs", Trudeau told reporters.

Just after 6 a.m., Trump used the social media platform to accuse Canada of charging US customers astronomical tariffs on dairy products. "Maybe, but nobody is forever", he told a news conference flanked by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

But tensions with the current President are on a different level. "If President Trump actually referenced the War of 1812, that is frankly absurd".

The reference itself is not entirely historically accurate. Canada, which was a British colony at the time, did not gain independence until 1867. "It will start first of all to hurt USA workers".

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, pressed about a Washington Post report that said the White House was considering additional economic penalties against Canada, told reporters that Ottawa was unaware of any such move.

It's always perilous when the president of the United States decides to deploy his storehouse of information on subjects other than real estate, golf, or beauty pageants.

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