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Trump, Trudeau Have 'Truly Warm' Friendship Despite Report Of Tense Call: Freeland

07 June, 2018, 15:54 | Author: Shawna Walton
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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.

Trump has since mused about replacing NAFTA with bilateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico - an idea Trudeau said Wednesday is not on.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel previewed the dynamics on Wednesday, telling the German parliament that "it is apparent that we have a serious problem with multilateral agreements here, and so there will be contentious discussions".

Trump and Trudeau are expected to meet during the president's trip to Canada for the G-7 summit this weekend.

That plan fell through when the White House tried to insist that he agree to including a so-called "sunset clause" in the deal. "And he's going to talk to them", Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, told reporters in Washington. But "The President is at ease with all these tough issues" and would be "sticking to his guns". The same arguments are being made in Europe today, as European leaders fear weakened growth or even recessions if a trade war with Trump escalates, but continue to stress that the pressure from Washington will end up making them less dependent on the United States. Facing little to no resistance, the soldiers destroyed both the U.S. Capitol and the presidential mansion in one day of looting and destruction.

Kudlow also pointedly denied a media report suggesting U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin tried to talk the president into extending an exemption for Canada from the steel tariffs, calling it "patently false".

The Trump administration at one point granted Canada and Mexico a last-minute reprieve from tariffs in March as negotiations to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, continued.

"International multi-lateral organizations are not going to determine American policy". "So I would say relations are very good". The G7 groups Canada, the United States, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany.

With a G-7 meeting of major industrialized countries scheduled for Quebec on Friday, there are signs Donald Trump is succeeding in uniting America's traditional allies-against his trade policies.

The increasingly critical tone from allies is a shift after leaders spent the past year and a half seeking to woo and cajole the American president.

But Wright added: "There is a feeling, I think, over the last few months, that that approach has not borne fruit, and that they haven't really gotten anything for that friendly approach".

According to CNN, the two world leaders were discussing trade when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked for an explanation of how tariffs are considered a national security issue.

That move unleashed fury in the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations and prompted quick retaliation from Canada and Mexico and a promise from the European Union to do so as well, unnerving investors who fear a trade war that could derail the global economy.

"This is deeply offensive to Canadians", Alden said.

Two sources in Ottawa said divisions between the United States and other G7 members were so great that senior officials in charge of each nation's preparations planned to hold an unusual additional meeting the night before the summit in a bid to find consensus.

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