Trump Feuds With Leaders of France, Canada Before Summit


The G-7 Summit-a group consisting of the U.S., France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Japan-is set to begin Friday in Quebec, with most of the member nations recently clashing with Trump over new tariffs.

Donald Trump's leading economic adviser says the USA president wants to strike separate bilateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico rather than continue renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump take part in a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, D.C., on February 13, 2017.

Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic advisor, later replied that Trudeau was "overreacting" to the tariffs.

But Trump took to Twitter earlier today to signal he's got his elbows up in advance of his Canadian debut in Quebec. Trump has recently said he'd be interested in negotiating separate bilateral trade deals with Mexico and Canada instead of updating Nafta.

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The call drew attention against after the CNN report in which White House sources said that Macron's tough words for Trump did not go over well.

Canada has always been a close USA ally.

Kudlow said a side-by-side analysis of foreign and USA tariffs indicate a rise in tariffs and non-tariff barriers by other countries.

"We want to see a verifiable and full denuclearisation of North Korea and obviously this is an important step we hope in being able to move things on".

Trump, who loves to have an adversary tweeted back, looping in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose country is hosting the summit.

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Trump has spent much of this year engaged in a series of escalating trade wars with a number of countries, including US allies Canada, Mexico, and members of the European Union like France.

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.

Mr Trump is trying to use the threat of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, as well as other goods, to force numerous countries to agree to trade concessions.

The US measures have resulted in official complaints to the World Trade Organisation by those targeted, but such disputes have a habit of dragging on for months if not years.

The topic led off debate Tuesday in the House of Commons, where Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer criticized the Liberals for announcing retaliatory tariffs that don't take effect until July 1 - a full month behind the USA measures.

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It's no secret that tensions are running high between Trump and Trudeau, as the two have been butting heads over the recent steel and aluminum tariffs implemented on imports coming from Canada. But the White House has signaled no change in plans.