G7 leaders set to clash with combative Trump over tariffs, trade

President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a testy phone call on May 25 over new tariffs imposed by the Trump administration targeting steel and aluminum imports coming from Canada, including one moment during the conversation in which Trump made an erroneous historical reference, sources familiar with the discussion told CNN. Supply management has been an issue in every major trade global negotiation going back decades, forcing Canada to play defence instead of aggressively pursuing new export opportunities, particularly in agriculture. But frankly, we are mystified how so divisive and corrupt a figure could be leading your great nation.

It took the Kremlin just a few minutes to comment on the American leader's proposal: Russian Federation is not interested, was the comment.

Nah, that's not what he said.

However, as we thank the 45th president for finally fitting in a whirlwind visit to Canada after more than 500 days in office, let's imagine - if only for a moment - what Trudeau could have continued to say if reflecting Canadian public opinion was his only criterion. The pending threat of US tariffs on vehicles is similarly egregious given that Canada has experienced a sharp drop in auto production and investment in the past decade. More than 10,000 of them, fighting together, were wounded or killed. "When we can underscore this, and we see that there's a lot of pressure within the USA, perhaps he will revise his position".

Donald Trump is ramping up his blast of Canada on Twitter this morning over what he says are unfair trade practices as the US president prepares to make his Canadian debut later today.

Last month, the US launched a trade challenge at the World Trade Organization, claiming that the exclusive sale of B.C. wines in grocery stores hurts California's wine industry and violates WTO rules. Just to make clear how much contempt he has for this whole exercise, Trump will be leaving the gathering early, meaning he'll not only skip the meeting on climate change (of course), but he won't be around for the traditional conclusion, when the members craft a joint statement and hold a press conference and photo opportunity where they show their unity by standing side by side. He was referring to an 1814 incident during the War of 1812 between the United States and Britain.

The suggestion, however, that Canada treats USA farmers "poorly" is a stretch. What does he have on you, Mr. President? And in Asia, why do you enact policies that seem intended simply to erode USA leadership, and make China - not America - great again? And that places all of us at risk.

"It may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run". French President Emmanuel Macron, who has tried to be friendly with Trump in the past, has recently shifted to a tougher line against the White House. Under your presidency, you are neither. As I said at the beginning, we still cherish our historic connection with the American people. I will ask the Royal Canadian Artillery Band to lead us in a singing of 'God Bless America'.

Britain has long prided itself on its "special relationship" with its former colony and Prime Minister Theresa May was the first foreign leader to be received by Mr Trump in the White House.