G7 leaders to pressure Donald Trump

Marcus Newton
June 8, 2018

The White House readout of Friday's call was vague, only referencing Trump's comment on "the need to rebalance trade with Europe". Canada, which was a British colony at the time, did not gain independence until 1867. "The impact on Canada and ultimately on workers in the United States won't be a laughing matter". The soldiers burned several federal buildings, including the U.S. Capitol and White House (then referred to as the Presidential Mansion).

While Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, called trade tensions shadowing the summit "a family quarrel", finance ministers from the six other nations issued a rare public rebuke during a preliminary meeting last week, saying they would retaliate against the American tariffs.

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Trump has previously admitted to making a claim to Trudeau that he wasn't sure was true, insisting that the USA had a trade deficit with Canada.

"We have extremely low expectations that we will manage to convince President (Donald) Trump to change his policy both on steel and aluminium and on Iran", the official said. Experts say that duty could usher in $100 million losses every year for USA pork farmers. "Just bad. It was awful". "And they want to blame him for using tariffs".

The anger and frustration with the Trump administration from key US allies was abundant on Thursday, with Macron suggesting that the G-7's six other members would forge a path ahead at the summit without the U.S.

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"The United States must, at long last, be treated fairly on trade", the President tweeted on Saturday.

Kudlow says Trump "hates multilateral" treaties.

In a bid to rebuild America's industry, Trump has imposed hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, including those from key G7 allies like Canada, Japan and the European Union.

Two Canadian-based sources said divisions between the United States and other G7 members were so great that senior officials in charge of each nation's preparations planned to hold an unusual additional meeting the night before the summit in a bid to find consensus. Trudeau announced increased funding and border vigilance "to prevent transshipment and diversion of unfairly priced foreign steel and aluminum into the North American market", according to a statement released in April.

Some White House officials are discussing additional economic penalties in response to the $13 billion in retaliatory tariffs Trudeau has promised, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

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