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Trump vows to 'straighten out' G7 trade ahead of tense meeting

08 June 2018

Canadians have reacted with dismay to reports US President Donald Trump questioned whether Canada burned down the White House during a call with the country's leader, Justin Trudeau.

On the eve of the G-7 summit in Canada, the US president lashed out at host Justin Trudeau and the White House announced Donald Trump would skip some of the sessions.

President Macron tweeted the other six leaders wouldn't mind signing one without the U.S. The remaining countries "represent values" and a "true global market force", he added.

Trudeau said Thursday he pointed out this piece of history to Trump in a recent discussion.

He added: "The six countries of the G7 without the United States are a bigger market taken together than the American market".

The German government was not the only ally to lash out at the USA president before the Canada meeting.

"Take down your tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!" "And we don't want there to be one", Macron said.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (right) shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting in Trudeau's office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, on June 6. Those nations are threatening new tariffs of their own on US goods.

"The EU trade surplus with the U.S. is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out".

Last week the US announced it was ending an exemption on steel and aluminum tariffs that initially had been granted to Canada, Mexico and the EU.

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The Canadian official responded that "the prime minister and the president have very frank, direct, candid, honest conversations".

"There are disagreements. He's sticking to his guns, and he's going to talk to them", said Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, at a briefing on Wednesday.

The White House is expecting a chilly reception from Canada and West European countries, already frustrated over Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear agreement. "So I think his cause is just and I think the rest of the world agrees with him".

"A trade war doesn't spare anyone", he said.

A senior European Union official briefing reporters on the pre-summit negotiations used discreet understatement to describe the impasse, but only ended up underscoring the width of the rift.

The decision to depart the G-7 meeting - a gathering of some of the United States' closest allies - early comes as Trump finds himself locked in a public feud with several leaders who are set to attend the summit on Friday and Saturday.

The summit threatens to mark the outer limit of worldwide patience for the avowed nationalistic Trump, as leaders who had sought to cajole and "bromance" the president are embracing more hard-nosed tactics. Germany has suggested making accommodations over trade with the United States for fear of triggering a ratcheting up of tensions over cars that would embroil companies like BMW and Mercedes.

Trump is set to visit the United Kingdom in a July visit where he will meet the Queen, enjoy a jaunt around his Scottish golf course, and presumably face off with protesters already vying to speak out against the president during his United Kingdom stay.

Robert Bothwell, a professor at the University of Toronto, said Trump's actions appear meant to break Canada at the negotiating table.

Trump vows to 'straighten out' G7 trade ahead of tense meeting