Canada's Trudeau rejects USA proposal for bilateral trade pact

Elias Hubbard
June 8, 2018

The White House statement on the call offers no details, saying only that the leaders discussed trade and immigration.

The White House was, in fact, burned down by British colonial forces in August 1814 in response to an US attack on York, Ontario, a year earlier.

President Donald Trump is getting scorched on Twitter after he reportedly accused Canada of setting fire to the White House during the War of 1812.

"We will do what is necessary to protect the United States, its businesses and its workforce", he added.

"Within the context of the rights that the existing accord gives us, we are answering", Guajardo said.

The unelected European Commission also launched a legal challenge against the US tariffs at the World Trade Organization on Friday last week.

The peso sank to its weakest in more than a year earlier Tuesday on concern the United States may leave the North America Free Trade Agreement and try to negotiate two separate free trade deals with Mexico and Canada.

They are created to hit US prestige and damage iconic brands and firms, such as Harley Davison bikes, Levi's jeans, Tropicana Juice, and Jim Beam whiskey.

But Wright added: "There is a feeling, I think, over the last few months, that that approach has not borne fruit, and that they haven't really gotten anything for that friendly approach".

"It is laughable to say that Canada, France. can represent a threat to America's national security, as we are the best allies that the United States has had for a long time", Trudeau said.

"As Bismarck used to say, if we explained to people how sausages were made, it's unlikely they'd keep eating them", the report quoted Macron as saying. "And he's going to talk to them", Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, told reporters in Washington.

When Trudeau won power, the bedrock of his foreign policy was to return Canada to its traditional multilateral leanings - support for institutions such as the United Nations, NATO, the G7 and the worldwide trading order. In 2017, Mexico imported a total of the $10.5 billion worth of steel products, of which the US accounted for 36 percent, or nearly $3.8 billion, according to USA government data.

The two leaders also dismissed as absurd Trump's assertion of national security concerns.

Mr Macron's comments reflect tensions over trade that threaten to overshadow the two-day summit in Quebec tomorrow and Saturday. They tried to have close relations with him. Also, four out of the top five states for non-prepared rice exports to the European Union - another target of the tariffs - voted for Trump in the election.

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". Trump later said he "had no idea" whether the claim was true.

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