January 23, 2019

G7 leaders must not be intimidated by Trump, say Macron and Trudeau

08 June 2018, 04:33 | Joann Bryant


Dairy cows. THE CANADIAN PRESS  Jonathan Hayward

With his new tariffs increasing US isolation, President Donald Trump will head to Canada on Friday for a meeting of the Group of Seven industrialized nations.

Chief White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Trump wants to negotiate with Mexico and Canada separately.

"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. He's not going to withdraw from NAFTA.

"The idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is, quite frankly, insulting and unacceptable", Trudeau told NBC's Meet the Press.

"This upcoming summit won't be an easy one, and the leadership of the Canadian government is very much counted upon", Kimihiro Ishikane, Japan's ambassador to Canada, said in an interview.

But the question of tariffs - as well as the US decision to pull out of a deal created to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions - is what most G7 members want to sort out.

Macron borrowed a quote from Otto von Bismarck, the 19th century Prussian statesman, to explain his stance on refraining from remarking off the record on his talks with other world leaders, the Reuters report said. Trump told Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a phone call on May 25, sources familiar with the discussion told CNN.

That move unleashed fury in the Group of Seven industrialized nations and prompted quick retaliation from Canada and Mexico and a promise from the European Union to do so as well, unnerving investors who fear a trade war that could derail the global economy.

The EU will impose retaliatory tariffs on United States imports, including American whiskey, following Donald Trump's decision to put duties on European aluminium and steel.

And Trudeau, the summit's host, said Sunday that the tariffs were "insulting" to the longstanding alliance between the USA and Canada.

During a meeting with the Trump administration's top economic officials Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin advised President Donald Trump against imposing tariffs on Canada, ABC News reported Tuesday.

He's in stand-offs with Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, and members of the European Union (EU), a collection of countries that includes numerous world's largest economies and the largest U.S. trading partners. "Look forward to seeing them tomorrow", Trump wrote.

"The U.S. tariff on steel is affecting those workers today", said Scheer, who noted Canada's steel industry employs more than 23,000 workers and indirectly supports more than 100,000 jobs. "The impact on Canada and ultimately on workers in the USA won't be a laughing matter".

"There may be disagreements", Kudlow told reporters at the White House.

"I think we would be making an error if we said we are ready to give up everything, not to talk about the Paris Accord or climate, or trade, just to have that signature".

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