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EU Will Act Against US Tariffs On Steel, Aluminum: Merkel

11 June 2018

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The top White House economic adviser accused Canada's prime minister on Sunday of betraying President Donald Trump with "polarizing" statements on U.S. trade policy that risked making the American leader look weak on the eve of a historic summit with North Korea.

Canada, and Trudeau, stabbed American in the back, they say. And Senator Edward Markey, a Democrat from MA and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump's proposal comes at a time he's clashing with Canada and other USA allies over trade.

"Not only is the trade deficit with Canada small, the United States runs a current account surplus with Canada", Harper, who served as head of state from 2006 to 2015, told "Sunday Morning Futures".

Trudeau used a media conference on Saturday to reject a USA demand for a sunset clause in the North American trade agreement, Nafta, that Trump has at different times pressed to abolish or renegotiate. "Instead, we act then too", Merkel said in an unusually combative tone.

Trump on Sunday went on to criticize the European Union for having a $151 billion trade surplus with the USA, when in fact it is $101 billion, according to the Associated Press.

G7 leaders were hoping for a summit that presented worldwide unity on a number of global issues.

A Democratic congressman chastised Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday for "sabotaging" trade negotiations as the fallout from this weekend's tense G7 summit continues, lending President Trump some bipartisan support as the war of words between the two countries escalates.

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Also in response, Larry Kudlow, director of the White House's National Economic Council, said on Sunday in an interview with CNN that Trudeau betrayed Trump with "polarizing" statements on USA trade policy.

Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro also lashed out on Sunday at Trudeau's statements, saying they represent "bad faith".

Speaking to CNN today, Trump adviser Larry Kudlow says he personally negotiated with Trudeau during the two-day G7 summit in Quebec's Charlevoix region and insists the U.S. agreed to the language in the communique in good faith.

Trudeau got direct personal support from some European leaders.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said they were "close to a deal", but added that there was also discussion of shifting to a bilateral deal.

After leaving the G7 summit, Trump said the USA was also exploring new tariffs for automobile imports.

"The New York Times notes that in a press conference Saturday afternoon, ".Mr. Trudeau said the seven nations had reached broad agreements on a range of economic and foreign policy goals.

The majority of Canadian exports go to the United States, making Canada uniquely vulnerable to a USA trade war.

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Canadian officials, including Trudeau, have fanned out across the United States as part of a months-long charm offensive to appeal to pro-trade Republicans at every level.

"I think in the case of the auto sector, I worked with the Bush and Obama administrations to help bail out that sector during the global financial crisis", Harper said.

Navarro calls that a "socialist communique" that Trump pulled out of. Her interview came about a day after Trump refused to endorse the G7 summit's communique that called for reducing tariff barriers.

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said when asked about Trump's U-turn.

"The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President". In late May, Washington slapped its allies with import tariffs on steel and aluminum after it failed to win concessions from its trading partners.

But Arizona Sen. John McCain, who is often aligned with Graham, pushed back Saturday against Trump's refusal to sign the G-7 statement. "Canadians - we're polite, we're reasonable - but we also will not be pushed around". We will stand by them and anyone who would depart from them, once their back was turned, shows their incoherence and inconsistency.

"We are convinced that a modernization is perfectly possible, we are convinced that common sense will triumph", she said.

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EU Will Act Against US Tariffs On Steel, Aluminum: Merkel