Trump talks tough on trade ahead of G7 meetings in Canada


On the eve of what is expected to be a tense, in-person meeting between the leaders at the G7 summit in Quebec, President Trump publicly took aim at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron for imposing "massive" economic burdens on the United States.

Both Macron and Trudeau went out of their way to stress the close ties between their own countries. They said was an essential forum for finding common ground and resolving differences.

After Trump chose not to exempt Canada and the European Union from tariffs, both threatened punitive economic measures of their own.

"We must continue to work together because a world where there are no rules is a world where nobody wins", he warned.

Trump will come face-to-face at the gathering in Charlevoix, Quebec, with world leaders whose views do not chime with his on a range of issues from trade to the environment as well as Iran and the construction of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the leaders would air their unhappiness in what he called a polite cordial context and expressed optimism about the summit.

Macron has previously accused China of pursuing hegemony in Asia. "I believe in cooperation and multilateralism because I will resist hegemony with all my strength.

We can't wage a trade war between friends", Emmanuel Macron said, adding that he the countries have to remain polite as the United States is an ally and "we need them".

At last year's G7 summit in Sicily, the leaders all signed a communique, but the statement made clear there was deep differences on the Paris climate change accord.

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He and Macron also noted that the tariffs would hurt American workers.

Canada's Trade Minister Francois Philippe Champagne was even more blunt, declaring: "What we are seeing is that the world economic order is under pressure, under attack".

"We are all engaged in conflicts in Syria, in Iraq, in the Sahel, in different places in the world". Thomas Wright, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told reporters that for Trump's first 500 days, "these countries generally were bent over backwards not to criticize President Trump".

The reasons for the war included USA frustration at the British forcing American merchant sailors into the Royal Navy, as well as trade restrictions on the US.

"I think the resilience of liberal democracy or resilience of free market economy is in question".

In her dealings with Macron and other leaders, Janning said, Merkel has been attempting "to at least keep the consensus among the other countries intact".

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Trudeau said he has been "blunt" in private conversations with Trump and said the two-day G7 gathering is a chance for more "frank" discussions.