Mnuchin Tried To Convince Trump To Exempt Canada From Tariffs

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

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

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she expected "difficult discussions" at the summit. The Trump administration at one point granted Canada and Mexico a last-minute reprieve from tariffs in March as negotiations to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, continued. In a statement on Thursday, the White House called out Trudeau by name. "The president is at ease with all of these tough issues".

"Obviously I didn't pay much attention to the quip", Trudeau said, smiling, during a stop today in La Baie, Que.

"The six countries of the G7 without the United States, are a bigger market taken together than the American market", Macron said, standing alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

A French presidency official said that while G7 members would raise their unhappiness over the tariffs with Mr Trump, they would not deliver an ultimatum that he drop them because the summit "isn't the place where you negotiate things like that".

Twitter users found the error both embarrassing and hilarious.

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

Trudeau was angered Trump utilized the rarely invoked "national security" provision to justify the tariffs, and in doing so was alluding that Canada was a threat to US national security.

Trump bragged at a fundraising speech later that month that he made up facts in a meeting with Trudeau, claiming the USA runs a trade deficit with its biggest ally. With Trump, the danger with him is that he's so stupid that he doesn't know he's stupid.

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The G7 groups Canada, the United States, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany.

Macron expressed support for Trump in his expected summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, but also warned that the U.S. president's abrogation last month of a 2015 multilateral deal on the Iranian nuclear programme, cast doubt on the credibility of such agreements.

"There's no question that on trade, on climate change, on some other issues there will be differences of perspective", he said. Following the meeting of G7 finance ministers last week, the official statement made a startling break from the usually staid communiques when it specifically called out the US.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin responded: "We believe in the G-7, it's an important group", adding that Trump looks forward to the gathering.

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 will be frank and sometimes hard discussions around the G7 table, particularly with the USA president on tariffs", Trudeau told reporters.

Trump is scheduled to head to Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada for the G7 meeting on Friday to sit down with the leaders of the US's closest allies.

"The idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is, quite frankly, insulting and unacceptable", Trudeau told NBC's Meet the Press.

May signaled that Britain wanted the European Union to use restraint in its retaliation to the US tariffs and said she would continue to promote the benefits of free trade.

"This is deeply offensive to Canadians", Alden said.

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