During a phone conversation on May 25, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Trump how tariffs against his nation's steel and aluminum could be justified in the name of US national security, as the president claimed.
Two Canadian-based sources said divisions between the United States and other G7 members were so great that senior officials in charge of each nation's preparations planned to hold an unusual additional meeting the night before the summit in a bid to find consensus.
Leaders in Europe, Canada, and Mexico have vowed to retaliate against these tariffs with economic penalties against USA exports, but so far Trump has been unmoved. We're a laughingstock once more amongst the rest of the world.
Economically too, Europe may have more to fear if Trump does go for auto tariffs.
A French presidency official said that while G7 members would raise their unhappiness over the tariffs with Trump, they would not deliver an ultimatum that he drop them because the summit "isn't the place where you negotiate things like that".
Macron expressed support for Trump in his expected summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, but also warned that the United States president's abrogation last month of a 2015 multilateral deal on the Iranian nuclear programme, cast doubt on the credibility of such agreements.
Trudeau has called the tariffs insulting and he, along with other G7 leaders, say they will demand Trump reverse the duties when they meet him during the leaders' summit, which begins Friday nearby in La Malbaie, Que.
Mr. Macron said the leaders don't want to put out a communiqué if "we drain it of all meaning".
"Tariffs imposed last week by President Trump on European Union and Canada have increased significantly tensions before the meeting", a senior European Union official said, adding that a breakthrough to ease trade tensions was unlikely.
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"We will do what is necessary to protect the United States, its businesses and its workforce", he added.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2018.
Corker, whose state of Tennessee is home to foreign and domestic auto plants, questioned Trump's national security justification in a statement last week. Trump's move to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico seems to have been the last straw, however.
The peso sank to its weakest in more than a year earlier Tuesday on concern the USA may leave the North America Free Trade Agreement and try to negotiate two separate free trade deals with Mexico and Canada. Ottawa refuses to grant U.S. demands for a clause that would end the trade deal after five years unless it is renewed by the parties.
The White House declined to comment, according to CNN.
"Trudeau came to see me". That bond should only grow deeper ahead of the G7 in Quebec.
Financial markets around the world were battered by Trump's trade threats, although they have recovered somewhat, they are still vulnerable and Italy's new government is also a risk.
The French-Canadian Council for Defense Cooperation will meet by year's end and look at boosting cooperation between their respective armed forces, including conducting joint military operations and partnering on United Nations missions. But officials have conceded the G7 agenda is likely to be overtaken by trade disputes.