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

Howard TerryJun 08, 2018

"Maybe the American president doesn't mind being isolated today", he said, but added that U.S. workers would be the first to suffer from a trade war between Europe and the US.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday he expects "frank and sometimes difficult" conversations with US President Donald Trump on US tariffs at the upcoming G7 summit.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stepped up his criticism of the Trump administration in recent days, taking special offense to the "national security" rationale Washington used to justify steel and aluminum tariffs on its close ally and trading partner.

Trump's surprise tariffs forced Canadian officials to adopt more blunt language while NAFTA talks between the U.S., Canada and Mexico continue.

"To the degree one can ever take what is said as a joke", the source told CNN.

Despite the tensions with Trump, Macron put forward a strong front on Thursday, suggesting France and the other G-7 nations do not feel threatened by a nonaligned U.S. "We can't wage a trade war between friends", Emmanuel Macron said, adding that he the countries have to remain polite as the USA is an ally and "we need them".

Trudeau called it "inconceivable" that national security concerns could be a legitimate reason to impose the tariffs during a press conference last week and said it was "an affront" to Canada, whose soldiers have fought and died alongside Americans in several global conflicts.

Mr Trump reportedly asked in a call with Mr Trudeau over new tariffs.

Malmstrom said she had spoken frequently with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to achieve a permanent tariff exemption for the EU.

In a bid to rebuild America's industry, Trump has imposed hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, including those from key G7 allies like Canada, Japan and the European Union.

Macron had previously attempted to strike a more conciliatory tone with Trump and was even dubbed the "Trump whisperer" by some in the media.

Mr. Kudlow characterized Canada and Europe's angry reaction to the tariffs - including reciprocal tariffs on USA goods that come into effect on July 1 - as a "family quarrel".

The French president slammed U.S. counterpart for "unproductive" tariffs and preventing other nations from dealing with Iran.

The response comes 24 hours after Mexico confirmed it had launched tariffs on U.S. steel and was also targeting U.S. goods such as Bourbon.

The two leaders also dismissed as absurd Trump's assertion of national security concerns. "We are allies. Our soldiers stand shoulder to shoulder to defend liberty and our values", Macron said.

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