"Didn't Canada Burn Down White House?" Donald Trump To Justin Trudeau
- Jose Bowers
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.
Mr Trump saluted Canadian Mounties as he was greeted at an airport at a military base in Quebec.
Rep. Eliot Engel, the Democratic ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said Trump's invitation to Russian Federation fits into a broader pattern of the president cozying up to President Vladimir Putin.
Since that time G7 members have challenged Russia's actions in the Middle East, his military support for Syria's Assad regime and alleged cyber-interference in western elections.
The Group of Seven (G7) includes the work's richest countries, the leaders of which meet each year in order to discuss and coordinate their economic policies.
Sources with knowledge of the Trump administration's thinking say the President's annoyance with Ottawa has actually been building for almost a year: When the Trump administration started NAFTA renegotiations last summer, it expected Canada to gang up on Mexico and help force it to give up auto jobs that had been lured south.
"It is evident that the American president and the rest of the group continue to disagree on trade, climate change and the Iran nuclear deal", Tusk admitted.
Australia's defence allies are now on opposing sides of a trade war.
To add fuel to the fire, Trump reportedly asked Trudeau about Canada burning down the White House to justify his reasoning for viewing Canada as a security threat (for reference, that was the war of 1812, and it was British troops).
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte arrives in Canada for the G7.
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This is weak. [Valdimir] Putin is not our friend and he is not the President's buddy.
The president repeated his tough stance on tariffs, saying allies had been "taking advantage" of the United States on trade. Trump's suggestion of readmitting Russian Federation was unlikely to gain any traction at the gathering of the group that includes the United States, Canada, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany. His predecessors pressed for freer global trade and championed a trading system that required countries to follow World Trade Organization rules. We will straighten that out.
"They didn't tell you that, did they?" "If it doesn't happen, we come out even better!"
A few days ago, Trudeau called the metal tariffs-25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum-"insulting".
Italy has always been considered one of the most pro-Russia members of the European Union.
Sebastian Mallaby, a senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, described the relationships between the US and the rest of the G-7 as at a "new level of crisis", saying that it was not just about trade but "a general USA attitude toward the system".
The Italian prime minister was due to meet the leaders of France, Germany and the UK before the main summit in a session seen as a European "huddle" created to present a united front to President Trump, who has imposed trade tariffs on the EU and disagrees with the bloc over a nuclear deal with Iran. On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter that the other countries at the summit do not mind "signing a 6 country agreement if need be", without the United States.
Trudeau told reporters the U.S. national security justification for the tariffs on steel and aluminum was "laughable". Later the leaders were to tuck into a dinner of lobster, asparagus and maple leaves nestled on a brioche at the end of the first day of talks.
The summit is being held at a luxury resort more than two hours' drive from the provincial capital, where more than 400 protesters faced off late Thursday against police.
He called on the other G7 members to resist what he warned was a potential U.S. drift towards "further isolationism and crude hegemony".