Trudeau Rejects US Proposal on Bilateral Trade


Last month, when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Donald Trump for a justification over hiked steel and aluminium tariffs, the US President presented a stupefying historical poser.

"Canada is a different country than Mexico - they have different problems, and you know, he's believed that bilaterals have always been better", Kudlow said. He then pushed the plan to a senior member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office, although he didn't name who it was.

"There are disagreements. He's sticking to his guns".

While the Trump remarks Friday appeared to be off-the-cuff, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Tuesday on "Fox & Friends" that the president is "very seriously contemplating" separate trade negotiations. "The lines are open, the negotiations are ongoing".

In another tweet, Trump called Trudeau "indignant".

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With his new tariffs increasing US isolation, President Donald Trump will head to Canada on Friday for a meeting of the Group of Seven industrialized nations.

Mexican negotiators say they won't consider splitting negotiations for a matter that should be covered under the North American Free Trade Agreement, a 1994 pact among the United States, Mexico and Canada.

"Tariffs imposed last week by President Trump on European Union and Canada have increased significantly tensions before the meeting", a senior European Union official said, adding that a breakthrough to ease trade tensions was unlikely.

During a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr Macron was asked about a CNN report on Monday, saying that a phone call between him and Mr Trump last week had been "terrible".

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The Trump administration is asking for countries to comply with the its comprehensive trade reforms to resolve any concerns of a potential trade war. USA stocks were trading higher on Wednesday.

The topic led off debate Tuesday in the House of Commons, where Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer criticized the Liberals for announcing retaliatory tariffs that don't take effect until July 1 - a full month behind the USA measures.

The statement, the official added, would accept no language about Iran not respecting the terms of the nuclear accord or any condemnation of the agreement. European allies have urged Trump to reconsider.

But the getting more serious about the possibility.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she expects "difficult discussions" at the summit in Quebec.

While Macron and Trump fundamentally disagreed on several issues, most notably climate change and trade, the U.S. president has described his French counterpart as "perfect", "a great guy," and "a friend of mine".

When Trudeau won power, the bedrock of his foreign policy was to return Canada to its traditional multilateral leanings - support for institutions created after the Second World War such as the United Nations, NATO, the G7 and the global trading order.

"We do seem to be at a little bit of a Rubicon moment in terms of whether or not the United States is going to fundamentally turn its back on this economic order", said Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington.

The G7 are the United States, Canada, Japan, Britain, Germany, France and Italy.