Trudeau declines to meet Trump because of USA precondition

07 June, 2018, 15:01 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Canada's Justin Trudeau says NAFTA talks broke down after Pence made ultimatum

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement Friday that he told Trump in a phone call that the new USA tariffs on European, Mexican and Canadian goods are illegal and a "mistake".

On Thursday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada would levy tariff "countermeasures" of its own on up to $16.6 billion worth of imports of steel, aluminum and other products from the U.S.

Continuing his tirade against Trump, Trudeau rubbished the U.S. president's claim that it was imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium goods of Canada in order to "protect American national security interests".

Countries around the world are fighting back against President Donald Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, announcing retaliatory countermeasures and warning that the US plan will hurt USA consumers.

Trump's presence at the summit could produce fireworks after Washington angered the rest of the alliance by imposing hefty steel and aluminum tariffs last week. Lampron criticized previous trade deals that opened the Canadian market.

The G7 ministers urged U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to deliver their message before leaders of the group's member countries meet next week in Quebec.

The United States had sought to use the tariff threat as a cudgel to win concessions from Canada and Mexico in talks to renegotiate NAFTA, offering the two US neighbors a permanent exemption if they agreed to USA demands.

"We're concerned that these actions are actually not conducive to helping our economy, they actually are destructive", Mr. Morneau said, as the three-day talks wrapped up in British Columbia ahead of the G7 summit.

Galimberti said American steel continues to flow into Canada tariff-free while Canadian steel now faces tariffs.

In June 2017, Ottawa announced a $867-million package for softwood lumber producers hit by US tariffs, and officials said they were looking at similar measures.


Six global agencies, including the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Vision, are calling on the G7 to make that three-year spending commitment.

The EU also plans to slap heavy tariffs on other products such as bourbon, U.S. denim, motorcycles, motor boats etc.

The last example was Friday's Tweet about trade with Canada.

Theresa May has told President Donald Trump that USA tariffs on European Union steel are "unjustified and deeply disappointing".

Orange juice is one example of a US good that can't be substituted easily at home.

Morneau has said Ottawa is buying the project from Kinder Morgan Canada in order to help the expansion overcome political risks. The average US tariff is now one of the lowest in the world: 1.6 per cent, the same as the European Union's, the Pew Research Center reports. Highly restrictive on Trade! The EU has stated that they are preparing similar tariff responses. The European Union, and Canada challenged these measures in the world trade organization (WTO).

Heather Conley, a former U.S. State Department official now with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said the divisions on trade meant it would be hard for leaders to focus on the other issues.

Trump explained the imposition of tariffs by the United States desire to achieve fair conditions in trade.

That condition "makes no sense", the Canadian leader said Sunday.

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