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Trump sticks with hard line on trade as showdown looms at G7

08 June 2018

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called President Trump's new tariffs "insulting" earlier this week, wondering why the USA was suddenly treating its Northern neighbor like a national security threat.

French president Emmanuel Macron, who describes Mr Trump as a "friend", has taken a more confrontational approach ahead of the summit.

Trump engaged in a war of words with Trudeau and Macron on Thursday, accusing their countries of benefiting from one-sided trade arrangements with the U.S.

"The addition of new retaliatory tariffs on everything from bourbon, to rice, to orange juice and cranberries will only widen the pain to additional farmers across the country", Kuehl said. "He believes that bilaterals have always been better".

Trudeau said Thursday he pointed out this piece of history to Trump in a recent discussion.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 7, 2018.

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Mexico's response further raises trade tensions between the two neighboring countries and adds a new complication to efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, the United States and Mexico. "I think we're really close to a deal there, but there are some of the revisions, such as the five-year sunset clause, were the most hard to negotiate". A new report says the USA president is not pleased about the visit.

"We have, on various occasions, heard the president speak about his interest or his musings about a bilateral deal instead of the trilateral NAFTA that we have", Sputnik quoted Trudeau as saying.

"I know we're going to have some very, very frank conversations quite clearly around the table", Trudeau told Global TV, adding he would convey Canada's displeasure over the tariffs personally when he met Trump in Quebec.

British forces did set fire to the presidential residence during the War of 1812 with the US.

With a G-7 meeting of major industrialized countries scheduled for Quebec on Friday, there are signs Donald Trump is succeeding in uniting America's traditional allies-against his trade policies. And tariffs are simply one more tool in the president's toolbox when it comes to repairing it. "We are allies. Our soldiers stand shoulder to shoulder to defend liberty and our values", Macron said. "People should realize how serious he is in that respect", said Kudlow.

"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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"This is devastating to my family and pork producing families across the United States", Jim Heimerl, the president of USA trade body The National Pork Producers Council, said.

Canada's non-American G7 partners don't envy Trudeau; some are downright sympathetic.

About 90% of Mexico's $1.07 billion annual imports of pork legs and shoulders come from U.S. suppliers and the country expects to import more from elsewhere to avoid pushing prices higher for the cuts used to make hams and other processed meats.

When Trudeau won power, the bedrock of his foreign policy was to return Canada to its traditional multilateral leanings - support for institutions such as the United Nations, NATO, the G7 and the worldwide trading order.

But Trump is no fan of multilateralism - something Kudlow made crystal clear on Wednesday.

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Trump sticks with hard line on trade as showdown looms at G7