Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Greets Trudeau Amid Tensions Over Trade

Trump Greets Trudeau Amid Tensions Over Trade

European leaders criticize the USA decision to impose protectionist tariffs on steel and aluminum and to exit the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.

At last year's G7 summit in Sicily, the leaders all signed a communique, but the statement made clear there were deep differences on the Paris climate change accord.

It's revealing that he said "we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table", because the G-7 meeting is not a negotiation.

Mr. Trump is absolutely right that Canada's markets in dairy, chickens, eggs and turkeys are protected by restrictive barriers.

You'd think that as the current occupant of the White House, Trump might have heard about the incident in some detail.

Trudeau and his fellow G7 leaders will try to persuade Trump to reverse the duties during the summit.

Trump will leave the gathering at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and put Everett Eissenstat, his deputy assistant for global economic affairs, in charge for the remaining sessions, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Thursday.

"Our values and interests are built through multilateralism, including American interests", Macron said in a tweet. But the charge is not true.

It's always perilous when the president of the United States decides to deploy his storehouse of information on subjects other than real estate, golf, or beauty pageants.

A Canadian flag flutters in front of the Detroit skyline, as seen from Windsor, Onatario, Canada.

The visit will be Trump's first official visit to Canada as president.

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

In April, Canada tried to address what Trump said were concerns about Chinese steel and aluminum being dumped into Canada and then being shipped into the United States.

"And I would just say to all of Canada's American friends - and there are so many - seriously?"

"Canada charges the USA a 270% tariff on Dairy Products!" The EU trade surplus with the U.S. is $151bn, and Canada keeps a farmers and others out.

According to CNN, the comments came during a call between Trump and Trudeau discussing U.S.

But Trump's aides have signaled that he was unwilling to rethink the decision. "I had no idea".

The Trump administration's claims that its trade is tied to national security is less of a hard fact than a political argument. But it's nonetheless one that critics have taken issue with, making it relevant here.

Trump expanded the tariffs on steel and aluminum to the United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union on May 31 after extending exemptions in March.

In one of the following messages concerning the meeting, Trump once again mentioned "unfair trade practices", affecting, as he described, the United States.

It's unclear whether Trump was joking or falsely believed Canada was responsible for burning down the official home of the U.S. President more than two centuries ago.

Trudeau was angered Trump utilized the rarely invoked "national security" provision to justify the tariffs, and in doing so was alluding that Canada was a threat to USA national security.

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