Monday, 22 October, 2018

Trump, Trudeau tariff phone call gets testy after War of 1812 mention

The Mexican U.S. and Canadian flags The Mexican U.S. and Canadian flags
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(Trump has also criticized both in sharp terms.) He announced the tariffs the day before he held a friendly White House meeting with a top North Korean official.

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".

And Trump has complained to aides about spending two days in Canada for a summit of world leaders, believing the trip is a distraction from his upcoming Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to three people familiar with Trump's views. But the White House has signaled no change in plans. Trump later said he "had no idea" whether the claim was true.

But for reasons that are not clear, the Trudeau government chose to make plastics in the ocean a signature issue of its G7 presidency, without planning any concrete actions that might show leadership on the issue.

"There may be disagreements, I regard this as much like a family quarrel".

But trade tensions are heating up, culminating in a heated phone call between President Trump and Justin Trudeau, in which Trump dropped some history on the Canadian Prime Minister. Trump is unlikely to back away from the nationalistic policies that have frustrated and unnerved allies but which he sees as key promises to his most loyal voters.

Trump has previously admitted to making a claim to Trudeau that he wasn't sure was true, insisting that the US had a trade deficit with Canada.


Kudlow said allies should understand that Trump "will do what is necessary to protect the US, its businesses and its workforce", adding that Trump "has always said, and I agree, tariffs are a tool in that effort".

Finance ministers from the six other nations participating in the summit issued a rare public rebuke during a preliminary meeting last week, saying they would retaliate against Trump's decision to impose duties on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada, and Mexico.

What administration officials have insisted is only a "trade dispute" appears closer to becoming a trade war. About 10 million 40-pound boxes of apples have shipped to Mexico this season, about 13 percent more than what was shipped as of this time past year. In fact, Canada wasn't even a country until 1867. The EU also attends. A vague statement in support of gender equality also made the list. It's when countries attack each other's trade with taxes and quotas. It was one of the most controversial NAFTA proposals.

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.

There is no doubt, though, that Trudeau is upset that the USA would invoke security concerns as justification for the tariffs.

"I know we're going to have some very, very frank conversations quite clearly around the table", Trudeau told Global TV in an interview, adding he would convey Canada's displeasure over the metal tariffs personally when he met Trump in Quebec.

After returning from the G-7 finance ministers summit in Canada, Mnuchin made the case that the US has a $2 billion steel surplus with Canada and a almost $26 billion services surplus, and should consider making an exemption for its northern neighbor, according to the sources.

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