Trudeau hints at 'difficult conversations' at G7 summit

WATCH Opposition Leader asks Prime Minister why there’s delay in Canadian tariffs taking effect

WATCH Opposition Leader asks Prime Minister why there’s delay in Canadian tariffs taking effect

President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a testy phone call on May 25 over new tariffs imposed by the Trump administration targeting steel and aluminum imports coming from Canada, including one moment during the conversation in which Trump made an erroneous historical reference, sources familiar with the discussion told CNN.

Despite his "bromance" with Trump, he too let the USA leader know he's not pleased with the new tariffs on steel and aluminum.

And France's President Emmanuel Macron, who met Trudeau in Ottawa before they headed on to the summit, said he would rally support from his British, German and Italian counterparts before they all sit down with Trump.

He went on to acknowledge the scheduled bilateral meeting between the two leaders at this week's G7 summit, a gathering that's widely expected to be a group effort in decrying Trump's trade tactics to his face and trying to convince him to reverse course.

Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto renewed their commitment to NAFTA last week after the tariffs were imposed. "I'm always the optimist, I believe it can be worked out, and I'm always hopeful on that point".

Trump's tariffs targeted G7 allies under a section of USA trade law that justifies the action on the basis of national security - a characterization that Trudeau and others have vigorously rejected.

Mexico's response further raises trade tensions between the two countries and adds a new complication to efforts to renegotiate the trillion-dollar North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico. "I think we're really close to a deal there, but there are some of the revisions, such as the five-year sunset clause, were the most hard to negotiate". Bob Corker, the official said.

Trump has since mused about replacing NAFTA with bilateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico - an idea Trudeau shot down on Wednesday.

"There will be no world hegemony if we know how to organise ourselves".


British forces did set fire to the presidential residence during the War of 1812 with the US.

His decision not to fully engage at the G7 means there will be little opportunity to row back from a potential trade war over his steel tariffs with both China and the European Union planning retaliatory action. Tariffs, he added, are simply one more tool in the president's toolbox when it comes to repairing it.

Analysts say the tariffs are created to hit US Republican strongholds ahead of mid-term elections in November. "People should realize how serious he is in that respect".

Macron was biting in his criticism of Trump, saying that the other six leading industrialized countries at the summit could get along there without the U.S.

The dispute with Mexico over tariffs makes it more hard to conclude talks on renegotiating NAFTA between the three countries, discussions that began past year because Trump said the deal needed to be reworked to better serve the United States.

Canada's non-American G7 partners don't envy Trudeau, and some are downright sympathetic.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence appears to mimic Trump in viral video Senior Trump aide and key player in North Korea summit eyeing White House exit: report McConnell: Senate won't pass bill reining in Trump's tariff authority MORE plans to cut short his visit at the Group of Seven summit in Canada on Saturday and fly directly to Singapore for his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"I didn't pay much attention to the quip; I focused on the message I was putting out, which was that it is inconceivable - and quite frankly insulting - that the United States considers Canada to be a threat to national security".

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