France's Macron seeks to forge European front against Trump

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"Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers", he tweeted.

So he could feel isolated Friday and Saturday at the hotel in Charlevoix.

President Donald Trump comes to this week's Quebec G7, which begins Friday, touting an America First agenda that hits U.S. allies with trade tariffs and threatens multilateral free trade deals.

"These six represent values, represent an economic market, and more than anything, represent a real force at the global level today", Macron said. A state visit to Britain is yet to happen and the pair have clashed several times over Trump's Twitter activity and political stances.

Trump is expected to hold separate bilateral meetings with Trudeau and Macron, who have presented a united front ahead of the G7, with the French president tweeting of his country's "convergence" with Canada on Wednesday.

The German government was not the only ally to lash out at the USA president before the Canada meeting.

According to the Washington Post, the White House is not happy the Trudeau government is placing counter duties on USA imports, and is now considering imposing new financial penalties against Canada in the ongoing tariff dispute. We can only imagine that the president's phone has been ringing off the hook as world leaders try to get from POTUS himself just what is going on here.

Even Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron - who have both previously shown a willingness to swallow their differences with Trump - have voiced their willingness to cut the U.S. adrift if they can not reach some kind of consensus at the summit.

Kudlow said allies should understand that Trump "will do what is necessary to protect the US, its businesses and its workforce", adding that Trump "has always said, and I agree, tariffs are a tool in that effort".

Gauthier, who worked in the aluminum industry for 31 years before his retirement, said people in the region want to be like "cousins" with the Americans and take part in free trade for the benefit of both countries.

While Trump's comment was supposedly meant to be a joke, it seems Trudeau didn't appreciate it at all, making a bold statement during a press conference earlier last week.

Quarrelling with Trump over his protectionist tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, decision to exit the Iran nuclear accord and retreat from global efforts to combat climate change, erstwhile American allies are turning the summit into something of an intervention, challenging the USA president in the most direct terms to date.

"The president wants to go on the trip", Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, said of the summit in Canada.

"I have no doubt that the United States and Canada will remain firm friends and allies whatever short-term disagreements may occur", Kudlow said. Germany has suggested making accommodations over trade with the United States for fear of triggering a ratcheting up of tensions over cars that would embroil companies like BMW and Mercedes.

His plea for unity may fail, even within the European Union.

Canada has made ridding the world's oceans of plastic pollution a signature issue and it is a central theme of the summit.

The two leaders are united in the trade war between Washington and its allies.

President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron participate in a state arrival ceremony at the South Lawn of the White House on April 24, 2018.

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