Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Trump wrongly accused Canada of torching White House in War of 1812

Trump wrongly accused Canada of torching White House in War of 1812

In a bid to rebuild America's industry, Trump has imposed hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, including those from key G7 allies like Canada, Japan and the European Union. It is believed that the British attack on Washington was in retaliation for the American attack on York, Ontario - territory that eventually became Canada.

CNN reported the President may have been joking, but the tariffs, justified on national security grounds by the Trump administration, have left Canadians furious.

In response Canada implemented retaliatory tariffs on USA goods.

Chrystia Freeland told reporters Wednesday that the prime minister and USA president have a "truly warm, personal relationship", despite reports Donald Trump invoked the War of 1812 during a recent call.

Several Republican senators defied the White House Wednesday and pressed ahead with legislation that would require Congress to sign off on certain tariffs imposed by US President Donald Trump.

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The Canadian leader is embroiled in rows with Washington over steel and aluminum and negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement where Trump's negotiators have tried to bulldoze Canadian and Mexican objections to a modified pact.

The United States trade representative office told the Washington Post that the US actually has a trade surplus with Canada.

"I know we're going to have some very, very frank conversations quite clearly around the table", Trudeau told Global TV in an interview, adding he would convey Canada's displeasure over the metal tariffs personally when he met Trump in Quebec.

Mr. Macron said the leaders would, however, support Mr. Trump's effort to denuclearize North Korea when he meets leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12.

The comments by the two leaders at a Parliament Hill news conference before they each departed to Charlevoix for the summit laid bare the frustrations and even anger at Trump's policy decisions. "That Canada could be considered a national security threat to the United States is inconceivable".

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Canada has also rejected "for now" a proposal floated by the White House for new separate U.S. trade deals with Canada and Mexico.

Now, the G7 summit has been transformed into an exercise in pure survival for the prime minister: prevent U.S. President Donald Trump from taking a wrecking ball to this exclusive club of the world's leading democracies.

Trudeau is seen as the best bet to build a bridge between Trump and the rest of the G7 because his government has been able to forge deep links with the US administration and across the various levels of American politics and business, the official said.

Yet rarely have these summits seen a USA leader so at odds with his fellow leaders. Beyond condemning the president's erratic and counterproductive actions, they could pass legislation to reverse the imposition of tariffs.

"This is a historical ally and we need them, but we didn't concede anything", he said. At that point, Macron said he believed he could persuade the US remain in the Iran accord and forgo any tariffs against the European Union. With tariffs raising the price by 20 percent, Mexican consumers may purchase less of it, meaning the country may end up buying a smaller quantity of US pork products.

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

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