French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived here and met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of the 44th G7 Summit on Friday, that was expected to be dominated by political and trade differences between the USA and its allies.
The remarks are likely to create more economic uncertainty between Canada and the us following Trump's imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs that now affect imports from this country, Mexico and Europe.
"Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers", Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday.
U.S. President Donald Trump is seriously considering separate trade talks with Canada and Mexico, White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday.
Trudeau wanted the G7 to be a moment for Canada to shine, but the summit is rapidly turning into an exercise in pure survival: prevent Trump from taking a wrecking ball to the exclusive club of the world's leading democracies, to say nothing of the country's most critical trade nexus.
"We do seem to be at a little bit of a Rubicon moment in terms of whether or not the United States is going to fundamentally turn its back on this economic order", said Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington.
In the US, farmers fear the tariffs will hit them earliest and hardest.
As those negotiations have stalled, discussions between Canada and USA turned more pointed. At last year's G-7 summit in Sicily, Macron said he could talk the USA out of withdrawing from the climate accord. Trump told Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a phone call on May 25, sources familiar with the discussion told CNN.
"Canada became a country in 1867".
According to the sources, Trudeau pressed Trump on how he could justify the tariffs as a "national security" issue.
Finance ministers from the six other nations participating in the summit issued a rare public rebuke during a preliminary meeting last week, saying they would retaliate against Trump's decision to impose duties on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada, and Mexico.
Leaders in Europe, Canada, and Mexico have vowed to retaliate against these tariffs with economic penalties against US exports, but so far Trump has been unmoved.
US President Donald Trump should not prevent the other participants of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) from keeping the agreement, nor should he push Iran out of the nuclear deal, French President Emmanuel Macron said in a press briefing.
On the other hand, it may be created to signal that Trump is in fact willing to end the quarter-century-old agreement, the firm says in its trade report published today (7 June). Or maybe they're just dizzy from the on-again, off-again trade war inside Trump's divided economic team. Some world leaders lamented that the president was needlessly starting a trade war between Western countries that would only ultimately hurt workers and raising tensions between economically close allies.
Earlier today, The Washington Post reported that Trump isn't is exactly excited about his trip to The Great White North.