Trump Insults Canada In Private Phone Call With Trudeau Over Tariffs

07 June, 2018, 01:58 | Author: Martin Tyler
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Chief White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Trump wants to negotiate with Mexico and Canada separately. The White House press office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The meeting on Friday and Saturday in Charlevoix, Quebec, will be the first chance G7 leaders have had to confront Trump in person since US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union were imposed last week.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSix takeaways from 2018's Super Tuesday Dem Andrew Janz advances in bid to unseat Nunes Montana GOP candidate Rosendale to take on Tester in November MORE's top economic adviser on Wednesday implied that the US may not abide by any rulings from the World Trade Organization (WTO) as Trump prepares to face backlash from allied leaders this week over his latest trade moves.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the tariffs "totally unacceptable" and "an affront" to Canadian soldiers who have served alongside Americans in numerous conflicts. "The lines are open, the negotiations are ongoing".

"If the numbers are accurate, an additional $70 billion in USA exports to China would be considerable - a 50 percent increase in US exports from 2017 levels", Chad Bown, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said in an email. That falls short of the US$200 billion over two years that the Trump administration has demanded the Chinese government buy to address a yawning trade imbalance.

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Donald Trump's economic adviser says the USA has asked Canada to hold one-on-one North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations as trilateral talks sputter.

The meeting with Trudeau could be particularly frosty, given Trump's recent sharp criticism of Canada's trade policies and the anger in Ottawa over Washington's decision to justify its new tariffs on national security grounds.

The new tariffs, announced last week, sparked disbelief from across the political spectrum in Canada.

When the British arrived at the White House, they found that President James Madison and his first lady Dolley had already fled to safety in Maryland. "Canada's position is, and always has been that the trilateral approach is actually better for Canada, for Mexico and for the United States".

Chinese officials have indicated the nation is open to buying as much as US$70 billion in U.S. exports, the people said.

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Trump has recently said he'd be interested in negotiating separate bilateral trade deals with Mexico and Canada instead of updating Nafta.

Canada has also announced plans to retaliate with tariffs of up to 25% on almost $13 billion of United States products, set to take effect on July 1. Some further tariffs will come into force on July 5.

Police officers stand near the Congress Center prior to the beginning of the G7 Summit in Quebec City, June 6, 2018.

Disruption to U.S. -Canada trade could also affect cross-border supply chains that have grown during the NAFTA era. European allies have urged Trump to reconsider. "Right now they are getting chaos and protectionism".

"We understand what the president is trying to do in terms of the broader discussions", he told Maria Bartiromo on "Mornings with Maria" on Wednesday. "This is devastating to my family and pork producing families across the United States".

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