Macron calls on G7 members to confront Trump’s trade policies


"Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the USA and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things. but he doesn't bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy - hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!"

Canada's Trudeau also slammed the tariffs after they were announced, calling them "totally unacceptable".

"We can't engage in a trade war against friends", he said while branding the U.S. move as "unilateral and illegal".

Trump, who has vowed to protect US industry and workers from what he describes as unfair global competition as part of an "America First" agenda, is due to hold bilateral meetings with Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron during the summit, Kudlow said. "That's the best option we have today", Macron told reporters.

Gauthier, who worked in the aluminum industry for 31 years before his retirement, said people in the region want to be like "cousins" with the Americans and take part in free trade for the benefit of both countries.

"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.

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According to CNN, the two leaders were discussing on May 25 new US tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum imports from Canada. "The impact on Canada and ultimately on workers in the U.S. won't be a laughing matter".

"The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be", Macron said in a tweet.

Trump's comment on Twitter sets the stage for what could be an uncomfortable confrontation over economic policy on Friday.

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". "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?" he said, referring to the War of 1812.

During the call in May, sources told CNN that Trudeau asked Trump how he could justify national security as a reason for placing tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. Given that Trump doesn't even know the words to God Bless America, I think it's safe to say that this line was exactly as dumb and ill-informed as it sounds*.

Maybe it all started to go downhill during a French state visit to Washington in April, when Trump publicly brushed a "little piece of dandruff" off the French president's jacket, announcing to reporters in the room that it was just an attempt to "make him flawless".