Trump Insults Canada In Private Phone Call With Trudeau Over Tariffs

Mnuchin urged Trump to exempt Canada from metal tariffs report

Greg Nash

A French presidency official said that while G7 members would raise their unhappiness over the tariffs with Mr Trump, they would not deliver an ultimatum that he drop them because the summit "isn't the place where you negotiate things like that".

NAFTA is an agreement signed by Canada, Mexico, and the United States, creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America, which came into force on January 1, 1994.

Trudeau was apparently arguing Canada's loyalty directly to the USA president when Trump fired back about the Burning of Washington.

Trudeau is seen as the best bet to build a bridge between Trump and the rest of the G7 because his government has been able to forge deep links with the US administration and across the various levels of American politics and business, the official said.

Of the nearly $6.5 billion worth of pork exports from the U.S.in 2017, nearly a quarter - over $1.5 billion - was imported by Mexico, data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed.

On May 25, it was Trump's turn to make ominous historical references, according to reports by CNN and CBC. The Canadian prime minister has called the decision "totally unacceptable" and "insulting" during various media appearances.

Coming on top of Brexit, a broader weakening of Europe, the rise of China and its creation of new architecture, and Russia's willingness to undermine the U.S., under the Trump administration the US-led order has "crumbled more quickly than it otherwise would have", Mr Bremmer said.

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.

"I talked at length with the president about it [Wednesday]", Corker told reporters.

A senior administration official declined to discuss the specifics of Trump's phone call with Trudeau but acknowledged some of the President's conversations with his foreign counterparts on the subject of trade have been confrontational.

Numerous attending members have expressed displeasure with Trump's tariffs last week.

Canada, Freeland testified, had been "absolutely prepared" for the possibility of American tariffs - a readiness that was reflected by its detailed list of retaliatory tariffs.

At last year's G7 summit in Sicily, the leaders all signed a communique, but the statement made clear there was deep differences on the Paris climate change accord.

The new tariffs imposed by Mexico on steel imports are significant for the US, the biggest supplier to the country, providing over a third of all steel goods imported into Mexico, a net importer of steel products.

"We have heard nothing", she said.

Macron said he's faced criticism that he's been too friendly with the US president.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel previewed the dynamics on Wednesday, telling the German parliament that "it is apparent that we have a serious problem with multilateral agreements here, and so there will be contentious discussions".

National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow on President Trump's trade and economic policies.

"There may be disagreements. I regard this as much like a family quarrel", Kudlow said. "I'm always the optimist".

Macron expressed support for Trump in his expected summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, but also warned that the USA president's abrogation last month of a 2015 multilateral deal on the Iranian nuclear programme, cast doubt on the credibility of such agreements.

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