Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron say they intend to bluntly tell Donald Trump at the Group of Seven summit on Friday that US trade tariffs on steel and aluminum will hurt American workers and must be reversed. Washington has threatened tariffs on imports of Chinese goods unless Beijing stops stealing American companies' intellectual property. "I regard this as much like a family quarrel". "I'm always the optimist, I believe it can be worked out, and I'm always hopeful on that point".
After criticism from Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau and other G7 leaders, Trump is apparently reluctant to go to the meeting and may send Vice President Mike Pence instead.
The Bagotville base was constructed decades ago to protect Canada's crucial aluminum assets, which were used to build us military equipment and vehicles.
Using a rarely invoked authority created to protect "national security", Trump has imposed a global tariff on steel and aluminum. "People should realize how serious he is in that respect".
Those new tariffs are in response to the Trump administration's decision to apply import taxes to steel and aluminum.
Trudeau said Thursday he pointed out this piece of history to Trump in a recent discussion.
And Trudeau, the summit's host, said Sunday that the tariffs were "insulting" to the longstanding alliance between the US and Canada.
That plan fell through when the White House tried to insist that he agree to including a so-called "sunset clause" in the deal.
During 2016 election campaign Donlad Trump has repeatedly said that he would pull the US out of NAFTA which was signed by the US, Canada, and Mexico back in 1994.
"It is out of the question for now" to conclude a bilateral agreement between Canada and the United States, the official said.
"Communication lines are open", he said. "I don't want to rule anything in or out".
It was supposed to be Justin Trudeau's moment for Canada to shine on the world stage.
Now, the event has been transformed into an exercise in pure survival for the prime minister - and it includes trying to prevent Trump from taking a wrecking ball to this exclusive club of the world's leading democracies.
Canada's non-American G7 partners don't envy Trudeau, and some are downright sympathetic. So now it's moving forward with new tariffs on dozens of USA exports, including clothing, whiskey, cranberries, motorcycles, orange juice, boats, peanut butter and more.
Whether or not Trump attends the G7 meeting, the spectre of the president's belligerent trade policy will linger over the gathering.
But Trump is no fan of multilateralism - something Kudlow made crystal clear on Wednesday.
Trump's tweet comes ahead of his arrival at the G7 Summit in Quebec on Friday, where both Trudeau and Macron are expected to push him to reconsider his imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs on his G7 partners. All are symptoms of the underlying divide that many are now calling the G6 plus one.
As one European G7 official put it, this is a "terrible time to have the presidency" of the G7.
A French presidency official said that while G7 members would raise their unhappiness over the tariffs with Trump, they would not deliver an ultimatum that he drop them because the summit "isn't the place where you negotiate things like that".
For the summit to succeed, and for the G7 to carry on, Trudeau needs to "show off the glue" that binds what are still fundamentally like-minded countries.