Trump, Trudeau Have 'Truly Warm' Friendship Despite Report Of Tense Call: Freeland

Before President Donald Trump sits down with a third-generation North Korean autocrat, he will face what may well turn out to be a tougher crowd - some of America's oldest allies. Yesterday, we found out that, back in May, Donald Trump had a call with Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, where they discussed the tariffs that the USA was going to impose on Canada.

Canada has also rejected "for now" a proposal floated by the White House for new separate United States trade deals with Canada and Mexico.

"It is apparent that we have a serious problem with multilateral agreements here, and so there will be contentious discussions", Merkel said.

That plan fell through when the White House tried to insist that he agree to including a so-called "sunset clause" in the deal.

Officials in Brussels, who are leading the member states' response, said nations had given broad support for a plan to set duties on €2.8bn (£2.5bn) of USA exports.

"I regard this as much like a family quarrel", Kudlow said. "Maybe, but nobody is forever", Mr Macron said, appearing to cite the fact that Mr Trump will someday leave office.

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In a January 2018 report prepared by the U.S. Department of Commerce on steel and aluminum imports, the department found that a flood of cheaper foreign imports of these materials has hobbled the U.S. industry - meaning American companies might not be able to respond to procurement requests from the U.S. Department of Defence.

But that all changed with the announcement of the USA levies, and Trudeau retaliated with Can$16.6 billion (US$12.9 billion) in tariffs on United States goods.

Trump bragged at a fundraising speech later that month that he made up facts in a meeting with Trudeau, claiming the us runs a trade deficit with its biggest ally. "I believe in cooperation and multilateralism because I will resist hegemony with all my strength. I think the president's made that very clear".

"Canada's position is, and always has been, that the tri-lateral approach is actually better for Canada, for Mexico, and for the United States".

The European Union also attends.

"There's no question that on trade, on climate change, on some other issues there will be differences of perspective", he said.

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The meeting comes after a gathering of G-7 finance ministers concluded last week with a message of "concern and disappointment" to Trump from the other six countries.

"As the United Kingdom. we want to be a great champion for free trade around the world and that's what we will continue to be", she added.

The increasingly critical tone from allies is a shift after leaders spent the past year and a half seeking to woo and cajole the American president.

Amid Trudeau's vocal opposition, Trump has reportedly weighed further options to crack down on the US's northern neighbor.

"It does not detract from the friendship we have for each other and the friendship between our two countries", he said.

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 global economic system.

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In Washington, Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow told reporters that Trump would press ahead with global tariffs on steel, and allies including Canada and the European Union should not expect exemptions.

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