White House reportedly considering new economic penalties against Canada

The Trump administration announced that it was moving ahead with 25 percent tariffs on imported steel and 10 percent tariffs on imported aluminum, sparking major backlash.

President Donald Trump mentioned the War of 1812 in an attempt to needle Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a recent conversation focused on tariffs, CNN reported Wednesday.

Trump doesn't plan on withdrawing from NAFTA, but he wants to try a different approach, Kudlow said, adding that his boss "hates multilateral" treaties.

"His preference now, and he asked me to convey this, is to actually negotiate with Mexico and Canada separately".

It wasn't immediately clear how such an arrangement would work. Changes would have to be agreed by all sides. It's exhausting. Not only is Trump launching a pointless trade war against our three closest allies and four largest trading partners, but now apparently he's lecturing heads of state on history that never happened. "The impact on Canada and ultimately on workers in the USA won't be a laughing matter".

The Mexican tariffs target USA pork, produce, bourbon, and steel - products chosen with a political objective in mind.

Mexico's retaliation is created to effect some parts of the United States represented by high-profile Republicans. They say the group has been known to harbor ideological differences on major economic issues and the meeting adjourned without any clear resolution to the matter. "Why not get the best?".

Mexico Imposes Import Tariffs On US Pork, Agricultural Goods
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she expects "difficult discussions" at the summit in Quebec. Washington has demanded that Beijing take steps to open its markets further to US goods.

Trudeau has publicly denounced the "national security" justification for the new tariffs. The U.S. imports $417 billion in goods from the European Union, $294 billion from Mexico and $278 billion from Canada.

Then-First Lady Dolley Madison famously rescued a portrait of first President George Washington before fleeing the White House in the so-called "Burning of Washington".

However, the soldiers who burned down Washington were all expeditionary troops sent direct from Great Britain, unlike the local militias and Indigenous warriors who had done much of the fighting during earlier USA attempts to invade what is now Ontario.

Mexico is the largest market for United States pork exporters.

The Trump administration said it needs to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports because overcapacity in those industries globally is hurting United States steel mills and aluminum smelters by driving down the prices of their products, forcing many out of business.

Kudlow said he briefed a senior Canadian official on Trump's new idea Monday and was still waiting for a response. "And he's going to talk to them", Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, told reporters in Washington.

"The government commitment remains NAFTA", said one of several officials, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of negotiations and the ongoing efforts to manage relations with the U.S.

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