'Family quarrel': Kudlow shrugs off escalating Canada-U.S. trade dispute

'Family quarrel': Kudlow shrugs off escalating Canada-U.S. trade dispute

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets President of France Emmanuel Macron as he arrives on Parliament Hill during a visit in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. He engaged him on Twitter.

"Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers", Trump tweeted.

The attack was in response to an American assault on York, Ontario, but Canada did not yet exist as an independent country and was still a colony in the British Empire during the War of 1812. President Macron tweeted the other six leaders wouldn't mind signing one without the U.S.

Trump slammed back that France and Canada are hurting the US with unfair trade practices and taunted, "Look forward to seeing them tomorrow". "Look forward to seeing them tomorrow".

At the summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, Trump will hold bilateral meetings with Macron and Trudeau, in addition to attending working sessions with all of the G-7 leaders.

The meeting between Macron and Trudeau will help the two leaders to agree on and create a common front against America, after US President Donald Trump, chose to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Europe and Japan.

A few hours later, he added, "Take down your tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!"

Mr Trump's top economic adviser Larry Kudlow says other are counties are to blame for the current situation because they have taken advantage of the US.

One source with knowledge of the matter said that Italy wanted to "create as much space as possible to continue the dialogue with the U.S.", noting that new Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte, a political novice, would be treading carefully in Canada because he "needs to see the dynamics of the group".

Last year, at Trump's first G-7 meeting, he agreed to sign on to the joint statement, even embracing language that the leaders of Europe and Canada have accused the United States of now violating. European allies have urged Trump to reconsider. "The six other nations of the G7 represent a market that is larger than the American market", Macron said. Washington has threatened tariffs on imports of Chinese goods unless Beijing stops stealing American companies' intellectual property.

A senior Canadian government official said discussions on the global economy on the first day of the summit, which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, would quickly turn to trade issues.

According to The Washington Post, Trump complained about having to go to the summit as he considered it an unwanted distraction from his upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore and didn't want to be confronted by other G7 leaders on trade.

Canada also announced retaliatory tariffs on $12.8 billion (£9.5 billion) worth of USA goods, including steel and aluminum products, mayonnaise, and sleeping bags.

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