Trump, Macron trade shots before G7 summit

Hannah Rogers
June 8, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron has commented on the United States decision to remove an exemption on 25 percent tariffs for steel and 10 percent for aluminum from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union due to the national security threat posed by the imports of these metals.

"Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

The weaker-than-expected data, published by the Federal Statistics Office on Thursday, suggested that the upswing in Europe's largest economy could further lose momentum after its quarterly growth rate halved at the beginning of the year.

The French president took a firm stance against U.S. President Donald Trump's isolationist policies.

The federal government also continued its outreach with top USA lawmakers on Tuesday.

Adding to the uncertainty is European anger over Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the worldwide nuclear agreement with Iran.

Trump has since mused about replacing NAFTA with bilateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico - an idea Trudeau shot down on Wednesday.

Macron, Trudeau support 'strong multilateralism' ahead of G7
But as historical experts pointed out soon after details of the call were released, Canada did not burn down the White House. The administration granted temporary exemptions to several key allies, including Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

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

The comparison came when Macron was asked Tuesday about a CNN report from last week that said he called out Trump during a phone call over trade and immigration.

Macron stressed that there would be a European response, and the EU announced on Friday that it would cease trade negotiations with the U.S. and slap retaliatory tariffs on $3.3-billion worth of American products, including orange juice, peanut butter, and Harley Davidson motorcycles.

But after more than one year of multilateral discussions, he feels the current approach hasn't been fruitful and a new one is needed, Mr Kudlow said. The European Union also attends.

Macron stressed however that the United States was no longer the sole economic superpower in the world and urged other industrialized countries to stick together.

"Germany is starting to move towards us and sketch out its first response", he said.

Earlier it was reported that trump had "horrible" phone conversation with Macron. In an interview with the BBC in January, Macron said he had a "very direct relationship" with his United States counterpart.

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