Trump Unites U.S. Allies-in Opposition to His Trade Policies

Trump Unites U.S. Allies-in Opposition to His Trade Policies

"Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the US and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things", Trump said in a tweet on Thursday.

Allies are fuming towards President Trump ahead of G7 summit in Quebec City, Canada.

Macron has concluded that the other members of the G7 - the U.K., Germany, Japan, France, Italy and Canada - must stand up to the USA over Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico as well as other issues.

He denied America's trade policies left it isolated from G7 allies, but warned that Trump would "stick to his guns" at the upcoming summit.

One of CNN's sources told reporters it was unclear if the comment was interpreted as a joke by Trudeau, saying, "To the degree one can ever take what is said as a joke".

Emmanuel Macron has called on other members of the G7 to stand up to Donald Trump's trade policies in the face of what he described as the threat of a new U.S. "hegemony". Washington has threatened tariffs on imports of Chinese goods unless Beijing stops stealing American companies' intellectual property. The G7 groups Canada, the United States, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany.

The EU has also announced new duties in response.

Sources claimed that the president invoked the War of 1812 when his Canadian counterpart asked him how he could justify the tariff change as a "national security" issue, which the administration had done under a 1962 trade law.

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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.

British Prime Minister Theresa May took a more measured tone, telling reporters she wanted the European Union to use restraint in its retaliation to the USA tariffs and that the response must be proportionate and legal.

Mr Trump is also arriving late and reportedly planning on leaving early from the meeting in Quebec making it clear he has prioritised his summit with North Korea in Singapore.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel previewed the dynamics on Wednesday, telling the German parliament that "it is apparent that we have a serious problem with multilateral agreements here, and so there will be contentious discussions".

In response to slow moving NAFTA talks, the USA announced it was ending an exemption on steel and aluminum tariffs that initially had been granted to Canada, Mexico and the EU.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, pressed about a Washington Post report that the White House was considering additional economic penalties against Canada, told reporters that Ottawa was unaware of any such move.

Trump expanded the tariffs on steel and aluminum to the United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union on May 31 after extending exemptions in March.

There is no doubt, though, that Trudeau is upset that the US would invoke security concerns as justification for the tariffs. European allies have urged Trump to reconsider.

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