Kudlow: Trump Is 'Seriously Contemplating' Separate Trade Deals with Mexico and Canada

Kudlow: Trump Is 'Seriously Contemplating' Separate Trade Deals with Mexico and Canada

US President Donald Trump is throwing a little extra shade at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter, ahead of his first official visit to Canada tomorrow to meet with leaders of some of the world's most powerful countries at the G7 Summit.

Trump's comments were his latest attacking key US allies ahead of the Group of Seven summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, which is set to begin on Friday.

French President Emmanuel Macron employed a bit of culinary humor to deflect questions about a tense call with US President Donald Trump.

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.

Kudlow insisted Wednesday the NAFTA talks are still ongoing, but he wouldn't say whether a deal could be reached this year.

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".

In the USA, farmers fear the tariffs will hit them earliest and hardest.

Trump's recently announced tariffs are only the latest move signaling USA departure with traditionally close allies.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said "it is apparent that we have a serious problem with multilateral agreements here, and so there will be contentious discussions".

Trump, who loves to have an adversary tweeted back, looping in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose country is hosting the summit.

In April, Trudeau praised the United States, Canada, and Mexico for handling the NAFTA in a significant manner.

The Trump administration said on Thursday it was moving ahead with tariffs on aluminium and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, ending a two-month exemption and setting the stage for a possible trade war.

Trump ended that temporary relief this month, seeking to pressure the other countries to cut new trade agreements with the U.S. Japan was never granted a waiver, despite Prime Mininster Shinzo Abe's pleas.

Sources claimed that the president invoked the War of 1812 when his Canadian counterpart asked him how he could justify the tariff change as a "national security" issue, which the administration had done under a 1962 trade law.

Trump has long called on Canada to stop protecting its dairy farmers from USA competition amid ongoing efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The move led Canada and the E.U.to impose retaliatory measures. "But Trump can't handle being criticised like that", the Reuters report cited the CNN quoting an unidentified source as saying.

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