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Macron and Trudeau vow to confront Trump on tariffs

Macron and Trudeau vow to confront Trump on tariffs

At last year's G-7 summit in Sicily, Macron said he could talk the USA out of withdrawing from the climate accord.

No, if there is going to be effective restraint placed on Mr. Trump's abuse of his authority in this area, it must come from the same body that delegated it to him in the first place: Congress.

At that point, Macron said he believed he could persuade the US remain in the Iran accord and forgo any tariffs against the European Union.

Canadians have reacted with dismay to reports US President Donald Trump questioned whether Canada burned down the White House during a call with the country's leader, Justin Trudeau.

Mr Macron was speaking alongside Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who is hosting the summit, and the pair signalled they would warn Mr Trump of the potential damage tariffs could cause the US.

Whether or not Trump attends the G7 meeting, the spectre of the president's belligerent trade policy will linger over the gathering. The member countries are: Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, the United States and the Britain.

"[It was a joke] to the degree one can ever take what is said as a joke", the unnamed source said, "The impact on Canada and ultimately on workers in the U.S. won't be a laughing matter".

If you went to a Canadian high school, you probably remember being taught about that one time the USA and Canada were on opposite sides of an worldwide conflict in 1812. On the agenda for the two-day summit will be economic growth, employment, gender equality, climate change and world peace.

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President Donald Trump has angered traditional American allies by slapping them with tariffs and pulling the United States out of global agreements such as the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal.

Amid Trudeau's vocal opposition, Trump has reportedly weighed further options to crack down on the US's northern neighbor.

"It'll be very similar to other G7 tables in which we highlight and discuss many things that were agreed on and have differences of opinion on other things", Trudeau said.

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It is not clear if the comment was intended as a joke, but CNN report that it followed an exchange in which Mr Trudeau asked how the U.S. could justify the tariffs as a "national security" issue. Trump reportedly joked on a call with Trudeau that the tariffs, which the United States imposed under a national security justification, were necessary because Canada burned down the White House during the War of 1812. The Commerce Department said foreign production of steel and aluminum was driving down prices and hurting USA producers, creating a "national security threat".

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

Both men however voiced anger over Trump's imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs against close allies, supposedly on "national security" grounds.