Macron, Trudeau support 'strong multilateralism' ahead of G7 summit

Macron, Trudeau support 'strong multilateralism' ahead of G7 summit

It's not only G7 allies that have been alarmed by Trump's money-centric view of USA alliances.

"We will do what is necessary to protect the United States, its businesses and its workforce", he added.

Sources with knowledge of the Trump administration's thinking say the President's annoyance with Ottawa has actually been building for almost a year: When the Trump administration started NAFTA renegotiations last summer, it expected Canada to gang up on Mexico and help force it to give up auto jobs that had been lured south.

"It is simply ridiculous to view any trade with Canada as a national security threat to the US", Mr Trudeau has said of the move.

Mexico and the USA had total trade of about $557 billion in 2017, with a balance of $71 billion in the favor of Mexico.

China has warned it would cancel any promises over trade with the United States if the Trump administration moves ahead with planned tariffs. But in an odd twist, American consumers could eventually pay less, especially for pork products. They fall on only about $3 billion in USA exports, but were crafted to have a "very specific" focus on vulnerable Republicans, said one senior Mexican official who asked not to be named. Washington has demanded that Beijing take steps to open its markets further to USA goods. The US$70 billion offer was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. Steel exports to the US also make up more than half of Mexican production.

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Mattis is expected to have strong words for China at a Shangri-la dialogue conference in Singapore beginning on Friday. He also asserted the islands belong to China and that Beijing is simply acting to defend the country's sovereignty.

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Israel considers all of Jerusalem its capital, while Palestinians want the eastern part of the city as capital of their own state. On Tuesday, the BDS demonstrators arrived wearing bloodied Argentine team shirts and called on the players to boycott the game.

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These funds will help "Guatemala Red Cross support 3,000 of the most vulnerable survivors for three months", they added. In the city of Escuintla, near the summit, panicked locals rushed to their cars to escape, causing chaotic traffic.

President Donald Trump reportedly justified the tariffs he placed on Canadian steel and aluminum by asking Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a phone call: "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?". The president has in past floated the idea of bilateral deals if NAFTA talks fail.

Red Delicious apples have fallen out of favor with US consumers, but they're still popular in Mexico.

That move unleashed fury in the Group of Seven industrialized nations and prompted quick retaliation from Canada and Mexico and a promise from the European Union to do so as well, unnerving investors who fear a trade war that could derail the global economy.

So far, only Canada and Mexico have done so. Those products include U.S. steel and aluminum as well as food an other agricultural products.

United States' pork exports to Mexico were worth more than USA $1 billion past year, according to government data, and between 2010 and 2017, 89.2% of all pork exports to Mexico came from the U.S. In theory, taxing items coming into the country (imports) makes people less likely to buy them as they become more expensive. When then-prime minister Stephen Harper in 2011 said USA approval of the Keystone XL pipeline - which then-president Barack Obama was refusing to do - was a "no-brainer", the White House considered the remark beyond the pale. In August 2010, a 20 percent tariff was imposed on apples as retaliation for the US restricting the flow of long-haul Mexican trucks.

And tariffs like those on Kentucky bourbon and motorcycles seem meant to hit key members of Congress where they live - namely, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the home of Harley-Davidson. The United States trade representative office told the Washington Post that the USA actually has a trade surplus with Canada. The automotive industry is particularly vulnerable in this regard.

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