'We Don't Mind Being 6' Macron Says G-7 Doesn't Need US

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the President of the United States Donald J. Trump in the Oval Office

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the President of the United States Donald J. Trump in the Oval Office

"Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the US and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things", Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday night. "Within the worldwide framework, we have to take measures and that's what Canada has done and what the European Union has also announced".

The Trump administration is asking for countries to comply with the U.S.in its comprehensive trade reforms to resolve any concerns of a potential trade war.

"If we don't react to this unilateral and illegal decision from the USA this would not be correct", Macron said at a joint news conference.

"We have, on various occasions, heard the president speak about his interest or his musings about a bilateral deal instead of the trilateral NAFTA that we have", Trudeau told reporters before heading into a caucus meeting.

"If that's not an example of national security collaboration, I don't know what is". "The six countries of the G7 without the United States, are a bigger market taken together than the American market". "We are allies. Our soldiers stand shoulder to shoulder to defend liberty and our values", Macron said.

Earlier this month, the White House announced that it would no longer exempt Canada, the European Union, and Mexico from punishing tariffs on steel and aluminum, citing national security and concerns of unfairness.

It's always perilous when the president of the United States decides to deploy his storehouse of information on subjects other than real estate, golf, or beauty pageants.

"Didn't you guys burn down the White House?" he reportedly shot at Trudeau. It is believed that the British attack on Washington was in retaliation for the American attack on York, Ontario - territory that eventually became Canada.

It is not clear if the comment was intended as a joke, but CNN report that it followed an exchange in which Mr Trudeau asked how the USA could justify the tariffs as a "national security" issue. The prime minister went on to say the new taxes are "an affront to the long-standing security partnership between Canada and the United States, and in particular, to the thousands of Canadians who have fought and died alongside American comrades-in-arms". "It will start first of all to hurt US workers".

The lessons Merkel learned from that meeting with Trump will colour her approach to him this week, said Josef Janning, a Berlin-based senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Kudlow said a side-by-side analysis of foreign and USA tariffs indicate a rise in tariffs and non-tariff barriers by other countries.

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