Trump Invokes War Of 1812 In Testy Call With Trudeau Over Tariffs

The Mexican U.S. and Canadian flags

The Mexican U.S. and Canadian flags

Trudeau asked Trump to explain the national security justification, to which the U.S. president replied "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?" according to the report.

Justin Trudeau said NAFTA, which was signed between Canada, Mexico, and the United States is actually better for the three nations.

The meeting on Friday and Saturday in Charlevoix, Quebec, will be the first chance G7 leaders have had to confront Trump in person since US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union were imposed last week. Canada did not become a nation until 1867.

During a phone conversation on May 25, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Trump how tariffs against his nation's steel and aluminum could be justified in the name of US national security, as the president claimed.

"The president wants to go on the trip", Larry Kudlow, Mr. Trump's top economic adviser, said of the summit in Canada.

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.

The U.S. trade deficit, however, fell to a seven-month low in April as exports rose to a record high, the U.S. Commerce Department reported on Wednesday.

The G7 summit on Friday and Saturday in La Malbaie, a small town 140 kilometers (87 miles) from Quebec City, will bring together the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.

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Similar disputes occur between countries all the time, Kudlow told a news conference Wednesday in Washington, adding that he's confident that the current angst over Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs will soon blow over.

"We may have tactical disagreements, but he has always said - and I agree - tariffs are a tool in that effort". "The lines are open, the negotiations are ongoing". Will US allies be willing to be supportive in other contexts - say, dealing with Iran?

Canada and Mexico already have retaliated against a range of US exports that include pork, bourbon and steel, and the European Union has promised to do so as well, raising the specter of a tit-for-tat escalation of protectionist measures. Trump reportedly responded by saying, "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?" during the May 25 call.

Kudlow added that the United States and China had not yet reached a deal to resolve Trump's demand for a smaller USA trade deficit with China.

Officials from some of the U.S.'s closest allies said their level of interaction and coordination on tariff retaliation is exceptional. The same arguments are being made in Europe today, as European leaders fear weakened growth or even recessions if a trade war with Trump escalates, but continue to stress that the pressure from Washington will end up making them less dependent on the United States. European allies have urged Trump to reconsider.

Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland questioned the Trump administration's move on CNN. France would also oppose any wording that described the Iran pact as obsolete, the official added.

President Trump is trying to rewrite the terms and conditions of the global order specifically with regard to trade, security, and worldwide agreements and organisations, by "leveraging the dollar, market access, and military advantages", said Dr Inderjeet Parmar professor of professor of worldwide politics at the City, University of London.

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