As G7 looms, Trudeau visits 'Aluminum Valley'

Erika Holt
June 8, 2018

When Trudeau asked how Canada, a longstanding ally, could be a threat to the U.S., Trump snarkily replied with a reference to the War of 1812, saying: "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?".

With his new tariffs increasing USA isolation, President Donald Trump will head to Canada on Friday for a meeting of the Group of Seven industrialized nations.

"The U.S. decision to apply tariffs on aluminium and steel to all G7 partners for national security reasons has left us with no other option but to recourse to launching a formal complaint at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and to introduce safeguarding and rebalancing measures", the official said.

The revised NAFTA deal is set to impact the intellectual property of the U.S. and the trade exports between U.S. and Mexico among other trade policies.

In addition to other moves against American-made products, Mexican officials set tariffs on USA pork shoulder and legs at 10 percent, and they will rise to 20 percent by July 5. "We can't wage a trade war between friends", Emmanuel Macron said, adding that he the countries have to remain polite as the U.S. is an ally and "we need them".

Trudeau had called Trump's national security argument "insulting" and said the tariffs are "totally unacceptable".

Mr Kudlow said he briefed a senior Canadian official on Mr Trump's new idea on Monday and was still waiting for a response.

Kudlow said the US president was moving toward that scenario.

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The EU issued an update on its response on Wednesday, 24 hours after Mexico confirmed it had launched tit-for-tat tariffs on United States steel and was also targeting U.S. goods such as pork and bourbon products. The two leaders "agreed to continue working toward a mutually beneficial outcome" on NAFTA, Trudeau's office said.

"Don't blame Trump", Kudlow said.

But rhetoric on all sides has only become more heated, and Macron took it to another level in his Twitter post on Thursday. Just days before Trudeau is set to host a G7 Summit in Quebec, Canadian officials tell CNN they are just trying to "keep Trump happy".

With his new tariffs increasing USA isolation, Trump heads to Canada on Friday for a meeting of the Group of Seven industrialized nations.

He and Macron also noted that the tariffs would hurt American workers.

Trump is to attend the summit Friday and Saturday before flying to Singapore for a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on 12 June.

"We may have tactical disagreements, but he has always said - and I agree - tariffs are a tool in that effort".

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