Trump asks if Canada burnt down White House in call with PM

Trump asks if Canada burnt down White House in call with PM

Mr Trump is also arriving late and reportedly planning on leaving early from the meeting in Quebec making it clear he has prioritised his summit with North Korea in Singapore.

"A trade war doesn't spare anyone", he said.

He told reporters: "Maybe the American president doesn't care about being isolated today, but we don't mind being six, if needs be".

When Trump invoked new tariffs on aluminum and steel imports to the US and said the current trade climate poses a "national security threat" to his country, he stunned not only the worldwide community and American allies, but members of his own government.

And ahead of the summit he went on Twitter attacking the European Union and his Canadian host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The member countries are: Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, the United States and the Britain.

He claims the U.S. has always been the loser in global trade and that he is determined the right the balance, starting with the tariffs. The United States trade representative office told the Washington Post that the USA actually has a trade surplus with Canada. On the agenda for the two-day summit will be economic growth, employment, gender equality, climate change and world peace.

By contrast, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the talks were "far more a G6 plus one than a G7".

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin responded: "We believe in the G-7, it's an important group", adding that Trump looks forward to the gathering.

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In April, Canada tried to address what Trump said were concerns about Chinese steel and aluminum being dumped into Canada and then being shipped into the United States.

The increasingly critical tone from allies is a shift after leaders spent the past year and a half seeking to woo and cajole the American president. "We can't engage in a trade war against friends", Mr. Macron said.

The Prime Minister's Office says the two men also signed a joint statement on multilateralism that "reaffirmed the strong ties between Canada and France, as well as their commitment to shared values like liberty, democracy, respect for human rights, and the rule of law".

There is no doubt, though, that Trudeau is upset that the US would invoke security concerns as justification for the tariffs.

Trump has been unrelenting since the tariffs were first announced in March, and he is now catching flak from some of his closest allies.

"They want to punish us, but. the Americans will pay a big price for the product they want from us", said Regis Gauthier, shortly after he chatted with Trudeau while the prime minister greeted people at the food court.

"I didn't pay much attention to the quip; I focused on the message I was putting out, which was that it is inconceivable - and quite frankly insulting - that the United States considers Canada to be a threat to national security".

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