Trump to stick with hard line on trade as G7 showdown looms

Trade Tensions With Canada Rise Ahead of G-7

Trade Tensions With Canada Rise Ahead of G-7

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.

The US last week said it was levying the new metals duties on imports from the nations and the European Union on national security grounds, ending their temporary exemptions.

The White House was burned by British troops in 1814 as part of a failed invasion of the mid-Atlantic, more than 50 years before the signing of Canada's confederation paved the way for the country to become independent. It should also be noted that the act Trump is referring to was simply a British response to an American attack on York, Ontario in 1813.

"To the degree one can ever take what is said as a joke", the source told CNN.

While the objective of Trump's tariffs is to shift USA steel consumption away from foreign producers and towards domestic producers, Americans will share some of the pain as well.

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Despite the G7's efforts to coax the Trump administration away from a go-it-alone approach, some analysts now question whether Washington remains committed to basic policies that have upheld the post-World War Two worldwide economic system. "As I said, Canada is whole lot different than Mexico".

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland discussed trade and tariffs with key Republicans while she was in Washington for the general assembly of the Organization of American States, a Canadian government official said.

Mexico is fighting back against President Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum.

A White House and Treasury spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

"It is necessary and urgent to impose measures equivalent to the measures implemented by" the U.S., said the statement issued by the Mexican government.

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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 US measures.

"NAFTA has kind of dragged on", Kudlow said of the negotiations.

Trump and Trudeau are expected to meet during the president's trip to Canada for the G-7 summit this weekend.

The Canadian prime minister will host the leaders of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States for an annual G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec on Friday and Saturday.

President Donald Trump mentioned the War of 1812 in an attempt to needle Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a recent conversation focused on tariffs, CNN reported Wednesday.

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