Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump, Macron Exchange Twitter Jabs Ahead of G7 Summit

Trump, Macron Exchange Twitter Jabs Ahead of G7 Summit

In response, Trump said to Trudeau, "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?".

"Don't prevent other people from keeping [the nuclear agreement] and don't push Iran out of it", Mr. Macron said.

The United States trade representative office told the Washington Post that the US actually has a trade surplus with Canada.

Trump, who has vowed to protect USA 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.

Trump, who loves to have an adversary tweeted back, looping in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose country is hosting the summit.

Macron called on other G7 leaders not to water down a joint communique at the end of the summit, at the expense of shared values, simply in a bid to win Trump's signature, warning that a "G6 plus one" outcome was possible.

Trump signaled that he was in no mood to compromise as he met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has tried to cultivate a friendly relationship with the American president. "It will start first of all to hurt US workers, and the cost of raw materials will rise, and industries will become less competitive", he said. This section has only been used twice before in US history to restrict imports: in 1979 on oil imports from Iran, after that country's theocratic revolution resulted in the storming of the USA embassy in Tehran, and in 1982 against similar imports from Libya.

"A trade war doesn't spare anyone", Macron said.

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The parties are now "waiting to hear back from the U.S.to continue negotiations ..."

They also said they expected Trump to come under increasing pressure at home to reverse the tariffs, which they said would hurt USA interests.

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

In retaliation, all of them have either hit back with their own tariffs on U.S. goods or threatened to do so, as well as challenging the U.S. trade measure at the World Trade Organization.

The French president is said to have criticized the United States commander-in-chief's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from American allies, like Mexico, Canada and the European Union, a critique he also offered publicly. Adding insult to injury, he's justifying his actions by claiming that imports of steel and aluminum-and automobiles, for that matter-from these countries "threaten to impair the national security" of the United States. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to ensure that the USA puts his nation's security concerns front and center as talks with Kim Jong Un move forward. Trump has levied tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel imports. Japan has said it can not normalize diplomatic relations without the issue being resolved.

The lessons Merkel learned from that meeting with Trump will colour her approach to him this week, said Josef Janning, a Berlin-based senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Intense diplomacy from Europe to save an worldwide nuclear agreement with Iran also failed. Trump has told China, the world's second largest economy, to cuts its massive trade surplus with the United States. "It provides the most certainty for American companies and is the best way we can sell "Made in America" products".

Economically too, Europe may have more to fear if Trump does go for auto tariffs. The decision drew criticism from European and Canadian leaders.

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