Trump Slammed Canada for Burning Down the White House. It Didn’t, Really

Erika Holt
June 8, 2018

Trump tweeted Thursday evening that he wants to remind Trudeau - and French President Emmanuel Macron - that Canada and France have been charging the U.S.

Trudeau has publicly denounced the "national security" justification for the new tariffs.

"There are disagreements. He's sticking to his guns". "The lines are open, the negotiations are ongoing". The United States trade representative office told the Washington Post that the US actually has a trade surplus with Canada. Washington has demanded that Beijing take steps to open its markets further to USA goods.

Trump, who has vowed to protect US industry and workers from what he describes as unfair global competition as part of an "America First" agenda, is due to hold bilateral meetings with Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron during the summit, Kudlow said.

"It is simply ridiculous to view any trade with Canada as a national security threat to the US", Mr Trudeau has said of the move.

The EU also filed a complaint about the USA tariffs with the World Trade Organization.

Trudeau has been outspoken about the steel and aluminum tariffs, calling them "insulting" to Canada and declaring: "We have to believe that at some point their common sense will prevail".

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"And that's what the G7 is very much for".

"We have, on various occasions, heard the president speak about his interest or his musings about a bilateral deal instead of the trilateral NAFTA that we have", Trudeau told reporters before heading into a caucus meeting.

Last week, the Trump administration unveiled punishing tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from the EU, Canada and Japan, among others. It's a "lose-lose" for Canada and the US, she said. European allies have urged Trump to reconsider. He re-imposed sanctions against companies doing business with Iran.

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".

"There's no question that on trade, on climate change, on some other issues there will be differences of perspective", he said.

Canadians often do ― at times mockingly ― take credit for burning Washington in 1814 as it was in retaliation for the United States burning York, present-day Toronto, the previous year.

It appears President Donald Trump is hoping to stoke more divisions and confrontations as he plans to head to this week's G7 summit being held in Charlevoix, Quebec - and Canada is in his crosshairs.

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