Macron calls on G7 members to confront Trump’s trade policies

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Justin Trudeau , Bloomberg

In a heated phone call on May 25, President Donald Trump reportedly told Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that his administration's new aluminum and steel tariffs on Canada were because Canada had "burned down the White House".

Trump's comments were his latest attacking key USA allies ahead of the Group of Seven summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, which is set to begin on Friday.

The meeting between Macron and Trudeau will help the two leaders to agree on and create a common front against America, after US President Donald Trump, chose to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Europe and Japan.

Trump responded by accusing Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of hurting the United States with unfair trade practices.

While Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, called trade tensions shadowing the summit "a family quarrel", finance ministers from the six other nations issued a rare public rebuke during a preliminary meeting last week, saying they would retaliate against the American tariffs. He has highlighted his efforts on Twitter, writing Monday: "The U.S. has made such bad trade deals over so many years that we can only WIN!"

Trump doesn't plan on withdrawing from NAFTA, but he wants to try a different approach, Kudlow said, adding that his boss "hates multilateral" treaties.

"The President's trade war is going to cost Virginia ag jobs".

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But the U.S.is getting more serious about the possibility.

"You say the U.S. President doesn't care at all".

European Union capitals are united in so much as no one wants a trade war - with the USA stepping back from the brink of penalties against China following progress in talks with Beijing. What's more, they can be narrowly tailored to fit the different economies of the two countries.

Frustration with the US among some of Washington's oldest allies has grown in recent months over Trump's decision to impose steep tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to ensure that the US puts his nation's security concerns front and center as talks with Kim Jong Un move forward.

According to the sources, Trudeau pressed Trump on how he could justify the tariffs as a "national security" issue. European leaders have suggested they will stick with the Iran deal, also expressing disappointment with Trump's unilateral move. To give Trump the full benefit of the doubt on this, it would require him to know enough about history to know the pretext of the burning of the White House, but not the actual action itself.

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