U.S. Trade Is Trump's Main Focus at G-7 Gathering

Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump

Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump

Kudlow said allies should understand that Mr. 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".

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.

The US's decision to remove Canada's exemption to the steel and aluminum tariffs, as it did with Mexico and the European Union, pushed the allies into a conflict that experts fear could result in a trade war. Historians note the British attack on Washington was in retaliation for the American attack on York, Ontario, in territory that eventually became Canada, which was then a British colony. "The impact on Canada and ultimately on workers in the US won't be a laughing matter".

The White House declined to comment and the National Security Council did not immediately return a CNN request for comment. Canada is also part of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance with the United States and three other nations that exchange especially sensitive information.

The White House was in fact burned down in August 1814 in response to a United States attack on York, Ontario, in 1813.

Trudeau has publicly denounced the "national security" justification for the new tariffs. Trudeau told NBC: "The idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is, quite frankly, insulting and unacceptable".

Trump said, according to CNN and the CBC.

"And I would just say to all of Canada's American friends - and there are so many - seriously?"

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"The U.S.is playing a unsafe game here", Malmstrom said.

Trump defended his decision on tariffs on Canada and other U.S. allies in a tweet over the weekend. That reasoning has always been a no-go among WTO member states, because they understand that triggering trade disputes under a "national security" framework could eventually render the WTO meaningless.

And President Trump reportedly had a tense phone call with President Emanuelle Macron last week when the French leader criticised his tariffs.

"It's understandable that change causes friction", the official said, noting some of Trump's recent tariff announcements have brought stubborn trading partners back to the negotiating table.

According to CNN, the two leaders were discussing on May 25 new USA tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum imports from Canada.

Officials in the Prime Minister's Office would not provide details, other than to say it took place on May 25 - the day Trudeau has said he initially proposed a face-to-face meeting with Trump to try to finalize a new North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trudeau was apparently arguing Canada's loyalty directly to the US president when Trump fired back about the Burning of Washington.

Despite the G7's efforts to coax the Trump administration away from a go-it-alone approach, some analysts now question whether Washington remains committed to basic policies that have upheld the post-World War Two worldwide economic system. While Canada didn't burn down the White House - that dubious honor fell to British forces following a USA invasion of what is today Ontario - it was at least on the side of the British, which is perhaps reason enough for the president to use it as an example to make a point about Canada being a national security threat to US interests.

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