Trump talks tough on trade ahead of G7 meetings in Canada


A day before the G7 summit begins in the mountainous Quebec town of La Malbaie, the French leader and Mr. Trudeau held a strategy session in Ottawa aimed at confronting Mr. Trump and his protectionist trade agenda.

With the leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized democracies due in Quebec, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned the U.S. leader that they would not roll over on trade tariffs.

Things have been pretty insane in American worldwide relations recently with Donald Trump trying to meet Kim Jong Un, pulling out of the Iran deal, trying to renegotiate NAFTA and then slapping "national security" tariffs on everybody. "We are allies. Our soldiers stand shoulder to shoulder to defend liberty and our values", Macron said.

"We're interested in defending Canadian interests - and on top of that, it turns out I'm also defending American interests, because these tariffs they're putting forward are going to hurt American workers as well", Trudeau told a news conference.

Trump will come face-to-face at the gathering in Charlevoix, Quebec, with world leaders whose views do not chime with his on a range of issues from trade to the environment as well as Iran and the construction of a new United States embassy in Jerusalem.

"If we don't react to this unilateral and illegal decision from the USA this would not be correct", Macron said at a joint news conference. The agreement included Germany and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, which includes France and Britain - all G7 members.

The French presidency official said that if a final communique were issued, France would insist it mentioned the Paris accord on climate change that Trump withdrew from previous year.

Trudeau shook hands and posed for photos with locals inside a busy shopping mall Thursday as he campaigned in Quebec's Saguenay region in support of a Liberal candidate running in an upcoming federal byelection. A senior US diplomat said her frequent demands annoy him, something he sees as taking advantage of the UK-US relationship. "I think we would be making an error if we said we are ready to give up everything, not to talk about the Paris Accord or climate, or trade, just to have that signature".

"When you're saying that President Trump doesn't really care, perhaps that's the case".

Trump expanded the tariffs on steel and aluminum to the United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union on May 31 after extending exemptions in March.

G7 summits usually end with the host nation issuing a final communique, but Canada may decide not to do so, preferring instead to release a statement by Trudeau summarizing the talks, said the sources.

Macron and Trudeau are presenting a united front ahead of the G7, with the French president tweeting of his country's "convergence" with Canada on Wednesday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the longest-serving G7 leader, will also play a key role.