Trump, Trudeau Have 'Truly Warm' Friendship Despite Report Of Tense Call: Freeland

It also comes hours after Trudeau said that it is "inconceivable and quite frankly insulting" that the Trump administration would invoke national security in justifying the tariffs.

Kudlow played down any conflict, saying he had "no doubt the United States and Canada will remain firm friends and allies whatever short-term disagreements may occur".

British Prime Minister Theresa May will not hold a formal bilateral meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump during the G7 summit, but she will have meetings with each of the other leaders attending the summit, May's officials said on Thursday.

Trudeau described the tariffs as "unilateral and illegal" and the national security pretext as "risible".

Trudeau, who has been cordial with Trump, said in March he had received assurances that Canada would be spared as they worked toward a revamp of a 1994 continental trade pact with the United States.

Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland questioned the Trump administration's move on CNN. Freeland asked on CNN's "State of the Union".

The US last week said it was levying the new metals duties on imports from the nations and the European Union on national security grounds, ending their temporary exemptions.

"There is no reason to use this provision to consider imposing tariffs on the automobile industry, and this appears to be either an attempt to affect domestic politics ahead of the election or for some other transactional objective regarding ongoing trade discussions".

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Mr. Trudeau said "we are going to defend our industries and our workers" and "show the U.S. President that his unacceptable actions are hurting his own citizens".

Macron said he would do everything in his power to help Trudeau's presidency of the G7 to succeed and produce a joint statement on Saturday that can be signed by all seven members.

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Such disputes occur between countries all the time, a sanguine Kudlow told a news conference Wednesday in Washington, adding that he's confident that the current angst over Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs will soon blow over.

Trudeau said he has been "blunt" in private conversations with Trump and said the two-day G7 gathering is a chance for more "frank" discussions.

Trump has previously admitted to making a claim to Trudeau that he wasn't sure was true, insisting that the US had a trade deficit with Canada. That territory, part of Canada, at the time was a British colony.

Mr Trudeau, the summit host, and British Prime Minister Theresa May, who will also attend, are among those to sharply criticise the U.S. tariffs as unjustified and punitive.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting in Trudeau's office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 6, 2018.

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