Trudeau declines to meet Trump because of USA precondition

Trudeau declines to meet Trump because of USA precondition

Trudeau declines to meet Trump because of USA precondition

Canada's steel industry says it has not discussed possible financial aid for the sector with the federal government.

Trudeau earlier deplored a decision by Trump to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

It marks the first time U.S. President Trump will set foot on Canadian since assuming the role and comes amid an escalation of trade tensions between the two countries (as well as the U.S. and many other countries present).

Ministers urged the U.S.to abandon the tariffs ahead of the leaders' summit before the move causes deeper divisions within the G7.

"We won't be hiding the fact that we disagree on some of these issues and that's the value of the G7, is to be able to have these frank discussions between leaders".

"These unilateral tariffs, imposed under a false pretext of safeguarding U.S. national security, are inconsistent with the United States' global trade obligations and WTO rules", Freeland said in a statement issued on Friday. "I think that we've had a massive effort on tax reform in the United States which has had a incredible impact on the USA economy", Mnuchin said.

In response to the US move, Canada and the European Union have threatened to retaliate with tariffs of their own, prompting France's finance minister to say the "tense and tough" Whistler meetings were much more of a "G6 plus one" than a G7. "As we have consistently said, we will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests".

"We have shown it in the softwood lumber case and we will show it again that we will have their back". Top economic adviser Larry Kudlow said over the weekend the blame for any escalation lies with U.S. trading partners.

Trump said on Friday he might prefer to end NAFTA in favor of separate bilateral agreements with the two US neighbors.

Pierre Lampron, president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, sent Trudeau a letter on Monday, demanding a meeting and questioning his support for the dairy industry.

Sometimes, the USA will impose additional duties on foreign imports that it determines are being sold at unfairly low prices or are being supported by foreign government subsidies. "They're our allies but they take advantage of us economically".

Morneau has called that "absurd" because Canada is no security risk to the US, and he warned the tariffs will destroy jobs on both sides of the border.

Mr Trump originally imposed the tariffs in March, saying a reliance on imported metals threatened national security.

On Sunday, during an interview with Fox News, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow responded to Trudeau's comments saying that he didn't think these tariffs would impact the US "friendship and longstanding alliance with Canada". While totally unlikely to be effective, appeals to the WTO and NAFTA itself are important for reminding the Americans and others that Canada continues to respect the multilateral rules-based order - even if the USA administration does not.

In Brussels, a senior European Union official said the bloc had "extremely low expectations for the G7 summit" and did not foresee a breakthrough on the tariffs.

"I had to highlight that there was no possibility of any Canadian prime minister signing a NAFTA deal that included a five-year sunset clause, and obviously the visit didn't happen", Trudeau said. They won't come into effect until July 1, and there will be a consultation period during which affected businesses can lobby the Canadian government to remove items.

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