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U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2018.

Macron has concluded that the other members of the G7 - the U.K., Germany, Japan, France, Italy and Canada - must stand up to the USA over Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico as well as other issues.

That move unleashed fury in the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations and prompted quick retaliation from Canada and Mexico and a promise from the European Union to do so as well, unnerving investors who fear a trade war that could derail the global economy.

Mnuchin's support of legislation restricting Chinese investments that imperil the United States' national security is among his highest priorities, a Treasury spokesman said on Tuesday.

"There are disagreements. He's sticking to his guns".

Larry Kudlow, director of the US president's National Economic Council, said Trump is now "very seriously contemplating a shift in NAFTA negotiations".

"Communication lines are open", he said.

"The idea that, you know, our soldiers who had fought and died together on the beaches of World War II and the mountains of Afghanistan, and have stood shoulder to shoulder in some of the most hard places in the world, that we are always there for each other, somehow - this is insulting to that". More importantly, steel exports to the USA make up more than half of total Canadian production.

But the tariff is still a blow to an otherwise successful export season to Mexico.

The remarks are likely to create more economic uncertainty between Canada and the USA following Trump's imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs that now affect imports from this country, Mexico and Europe.

The meeting with Trudeau could be particularly frosty, given Trump's recent sharp criticism of Canada's trade policies and the anger in Ottawa over Washington's decision to justify its new tariffs on national security grounds.

"A NAFTA without both Canada and Mexico included is no longer a North American Free Trade Agreement", Brady spokeswoman Julia Slingsby said.

Kudlow made an appearance to defend Trump's actions on trade as the president prepares to face angry allied leaders at this week's Group of Seven summit in Quebec.

The current-day White House, from which Trump was likely taking Trudeau's call, had to be mostly rebuilt as a result of the fire.

Mr Trudeau has opposed Mr Trump's steel and aluminium sanctions and questioned America's claim that they are needed in the interests of national security. When then-prime minister Stephen Harper in 2011 said US approval of the Keystone XL pipeline - which then-president Barack Obama was refusing to do - was a "no-brainer", the White House considered the remark beyond the pale.

Speaking to reporters following the weekly Conservative caucus meeting, Scheer didn't outright reject the notion of a one-on-one trade deal with the United States, but said for the time being, saving NAFTA is still plausible and should be Canada's focus. Trump is unlikely to back away from the nationalistic policies that have frustrated and unnerved allies but which he sees as key promises to his most loyal voters.

"We will do what is necessary to protect the United States, its businesses and its workforce", he added.

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". Importers have already seen rising costs due to the weakening peso against the USA dollar - and the currency may devalue further in response to the ongoing trade dispute between the two countries. It's exhausting. Not only is Trump launching a pointless trade war against our three closest allies and four largest trading partners, but now apparently he's lecturing heads of state on history that never happened. "And we've confronted other nations that use this kind of tactic of saber-rattling or hostage-taking, as it were, to try to get what they want out of the global system, outside of the rules", she said.

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