Trump asks if Canada burnt down White House in call with PM

Ivan Schwartz
June 8, 2018

Both Trudeau and Trump are preparing for the upcoming G7 summit in Quebec, Canada, which is likely to be abuzz with talks on how to cope with the new worldwide trade landscape after Trump slapped new steel and aluminum import tariffs on Washington's European allies and Canada, all fellow G7 members.

According to the Washington Post, the White House is not happy the Trudeau government is placing counter duties on USA imports, and is now considering imposing new financial penalties against Canada in the ongoing tariff dispute.

Mr Trump is also arriving late and reportedly planning on leaving early from the meeting in Quebec making it clear he has prioritised his summit with North Korea in Singapore.

In response, the Canadian official replied that "the prime minister and the president have very frank, direct, candid, honest conversations".

Kudlow played down any conflict, saying he had "no doubt the United States and Canada will remain firm friends and allies whatever short-term disagreements may occur".

Leaders dismiss Trump's national security concerns as "ridiculous". "There will be no world hegemony if we know how to organize ourselves".

Macron has previously accused China of pursuing hegemony in Asia. The tweet struck a tough line the day before the President was expected to arrive: "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 said. "Hegemony is the end of the rule of law".

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French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a news conference in Montreal. "(.) That said, I agree with what Justin Trudeau has said many times - the desire to sign a common G7 declaration must not outweigh the need to be mindful of the content", he explained.

He said Canadian and American troops, who had "fought and died together on the beaches of World War II and the mountains of Afghanistan and have stood shoulder-to-shoulder in some of the most hard places in the world, that are always there for each other, somehow - this is insulting to them".

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

"We are all engaged in conflicts in Syria, in Iraq, in the Sahel, in different places in the world".

Mr Trump's top economic adviser Larry Kudlow says other are counties are to blame for the current situation because they have taken advantage of the US. "You can't, among allies in this worldwide context, start a trade war".

"I think the resilience of liberal democracy or resilience of free market economy is in question".

At least one European company and a US counterpart have already sued in a USA federal court, claiming that Mr. Trump's national security rationale is bogus and the tariffs unlawful, but given courts' usual avoidance of foreign policy issues, that suit is a long shot.

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