Trade spat looms as Trump heads for hostile G7 summit

Trump wants separate trade deals with Canada, Mexico, says adviser Kudlow

Mnuchin urged Trump to exempt Canada from steel and aluminum tariffs: Sources

He said Canadian and American troops, who had "fought and died together on the beaches of World War II and the mountains of Afghanistan and have stood shoulder-to-shoulder in some of the most hard places in the world, that are always there for each other, somehow - this is insulting to them".

Dairy is still on the table, as the USA continues to push for greater access into Canada, an issue the us dairy industry made clear it wanted fixed from the start.

"There are disagreements. He's sticking to his guns".

Larry Kudlow is the senior economic adviser to Donald Trump. "I think we've done everything we can and put everything on the line", he said.

Maybe the American president doesn't care about being isolated: Macron.
Washington has demanded that Beijing take steps to open its markets further to US goods. "1812", one Twitter user wrote in response to the reports.

Macron tellingly said that he would have Canada's back too at the summit and said he would work with Trudeau to persuade Trump to "find a more normal path on trade topics".

The U.S. floated the idea Tuesday of separate trade talks with Mexico and Canada rather than a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the three countries as signatories. "There will be no world hegemony if we know how to organize ourselves".

Gauthier, who worked in the aluminum industry for 31 years before his retirement, said people in the region want to be like "cousins" with the Americans and take part in free trade for the benefit of both countries.

For example Mexico is the largest market for U.S. pork exports according to the National Pork Producers Council, an industry trade group.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, pressed about a Washington Post report that said the White House was considering additional economic penalties against Canada, told reporters that Ottawa was unaware of any such move.

Despite his "bromance" with Trump, he too let the USA leader know he's not pleased with the new tariffs on steel and aluminum. The U.S. landed 2.9% in Q1 and has phenomenal growth ahead.

Expectations for a resolution of the trade row this week are low after finance leaders from the United States' G7 partners butted heads with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at a meeting last week in the Canadian resort town of Whistler, British Columbia. The decision drew criticism from European and Canadian leaders. In other words, Trump's recent move is neither the "beginning" nor the "end" of an economic and diplomatic process with the European authorities, but the middle of the two.

And he made a public plea that Trump not try to frustrate efforts by France and others - even if he disagrees with the approach taken - to engage Iran on halting its nuclear weapons development program.

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".

"That said, trade flow is incredibly important to Tyson Foods, and we continue to urge our political leaders to support efforts that provide certainty to the markets", Hayes added.

When Trudeau won power, the bedrock of his foreign policy was to return Canada to its traditional multilateral leanings _ support for institutions created after the Second World War such as the United Nations, NATO, the G7 and the worldwide trading order.

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