Macron, Trudeau support 'strong multilateralism' ahead of G7

Randal Sanchez
June 7, 2018

Trump supporters, though, see a president taking necessary stands his predecessors were too feeble to attempt. On Monday, the country also said it would start proceedings in the World Trade Organization against the US tariffs, a move already being followed by Canada, China, India and a number of other countries.

But as historical experts pointed out soon after details of the call were released, Canada did not burn down the White House.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel previewed the dynamics on Wednesday, telling the German parliament that "it is apparent that we have a serious problem with multilateral agreements here, and so there will be contentious discussions".

Since then, Trudeau, Macron and other European leaders have toughened their tone, lamenting what they see as rising USA protectionism. But the White House has signaled no change in plans.

The US Chamber of Commerce says that 2.6 million jobs are threatened by the Trump administration's hardline stance on imports, citing the possibility of retaliatory tariffs by US trading partners. "The president is at ease with all of these tough issues".

But both USA neighbors are opposed to that possibility and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed their commitment to reaching a new trilateral deal in a telephone conversation last week.

The thing is, the War of 1812 involved a conflict between the United States and Britain.

In its initial reaction to the new USA tariffs on May 31, Mexico had said it would keep its retaliatory levies in place till the US government rolled back its decision.

Mexico has published the tariffs it is imposing on products imported from the U.S. in response to the Trump administration's duties on Mexican steel and aluminium.

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Nevertheless, the War of 1812 remains the last full-scale conflict that pitted Canadian against American, and it remains a point of contention between both countries.

In retaliation, all of them have either hit back with their own tariffs on USA goods or threatened to do so, as well as challenging the United States trade measure at the World Trade Organization.

"I will demand anything I can get", he said 28 years ago.

Critics of Trump's trade policies fret that the president is undermining the very system on which America and the global economy rely. In fact, Canada wasn't even a country until 1867. The administration granted temporary exemptions to several key allies, including Canada, Mexico and the European Union. His campaign manager, Andrew Bell, said: "Dino supports removing trade barriers that tax Washington farmers, consumers and businesses".

Meanwhile, the European Commission last week unveiled a proposal to ban most single-use plastics and put the clean-up burden on manufacturers.

The veteran financial guru and former Ronald Reagan adviser also once again called trade tensions shadowing the G-7 conference beginning Friday "a family quarrel" and said Trump will meet one-on-one with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron at the summit.

The increasingly critical tone from allies is a shift after leaders spent the past year and a half seeking to woo and cajole the American president.

"We need the government to take leadership", said Amelia Meister of SumOfUs Canada.

But Wright added: "There is a feeling, I think, over the last few months, that that approach has not borne fruit, and that they haven't really gotten anything for that friendly approach".

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