Trump invokes War of 1812 in testy call with Trudeau over tariffs

Bromance between Trump and Macron takes a hit

When Trudeau asked how Canada, a longstanding ally, could be a threat to the U.S., Trump snarkily replied with a reference to the War of 1812, saying: "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?".

"Maybe the American president doesn't care about being isolated today, but we don't mind being six, if needs be", Macron said.

Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, called trade tensions shadowing the G-7 conference beginning Friday "a family quarrel" and said Trump will meet one-on-one with Canadian Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau and French PresidentEmmanuel Macron at the summit.

The criticism has been particularly acute from the summit's host, Canadian Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau, who said Sunday the tariffs were "insulting" to the longstanding alliance between the USA and Canada. "We can't engage in a trade war against friends", he said while branding the U.S. move as "unilateral and illegal".

"Macron added that other nations don't mind if the USA goes its own way". At last year's G-7 summit in Sicily, Macron said he could talk the U.S. out of withdrawing from the climate accord. Given that Trump doesn't even know the words to God Bless America, I think it's safe to say that this line was exactly as dumb and ill-informed as it sounds*.

Trudeau heaped scorn on Donald Trump's national security justification for the new metal tariffs.

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And Trudeau, the summit's host, said Sunday that the tariffs were "insulting" to the longstanding alliance between the USA and Canada. "The impact on Canada and ultimately on workers in the USA won't be a laughing matter".

He also said he was looking forward to this weekend's G-7 summit in Quebec where he hopes to have a "useful" and "frank" exchange with Trump on trade.

"The G7 is an opportunity for us to get together and have frank, open discussions among nations who have always been allies and friends", Macron told reporters, with Trudeau at his side.

On the other hand, it may be created to signal that Trump is in fact willing to end the quarter-century-old agreement, the firm says in its trade report published today (7 June).

"Hog, apple, potato and dairy farmers are among those suddenly facing a 10 or 20 percent tax hike on the exports they depend of for their livelihoods", she said in a statement.

Trump has previously admitted to making a claim to Trudeau that he wasn't sure was true, insisting that the USA had a trade deficit with Canada. "We just go ahead and do things", Mr Macron said.

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