Trump falsely accuses Canada of burning down White House

Roman Schwartz
June 8, 2018

President Trump blamed Canada for the burning of the White House in the War of 1812 during a call with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss the administration's tariffs in Canadian steel and aluminum imports, CNN reported.

In Ottawa, Macron and Trudeau offered an olive branch of sorts by offering Trump a modest measure of support in his historic meeting in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "Look forward to seeing them tomorrow", Trump wrote. Trump responded, "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?"

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

The Commerce Department said foreign production of steel and aluminum was driving down prices and hurting US producers, creating a "national security threat". The steel tariffs also affect the other G7 member, Japan, which was never granted a waiver.

"There is no reason to use this provision to consider imposing tariffs on the automobile industry, and this appears to be either an attempt to affect domestic politics ahead of the election or for some other transactional goal regarding ongoing trade discussions".

Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto renewed their commitment to NAFTA last week after the tariffs were imposed.

Macron borrowed a quote from Otto von Bismarck, the 19th century Prussian statesman, to explain his stance on refraining from remarking off the record on his talks with other world leaders, the Reuters report said.

Mr. Trump can also expect to be the odd man out on the issues of climate change and Iran, given his decision to pull out of the Iranian nuclear deal.

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Perhaps investors are shrugging it off as a negotiating ploy by an atypical president.

But the question of tariffs - as well as the USA decision to pull out of a deal created to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions - is what most G7 members want to sort out.

The G7 groups Canada, the United States, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany.

"None of us is eternal, so therefore our countries, the commitments we have made, transcend us", he said.

Macron called on other G7 leaders not to water down a joint communique at the end of the summit, at the expense of shared values, simply in a bid to win Trump's signature, warning that a "G6 plus one" outcome was possible. "Right now they are getting chaos and protectionism".

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Tuesday, June 5, that he presented the idea of a bilateral trade deal to a senior Canadian official on Monday, June 4, and was awaiting a response to press ahead. But the president's Twitter feed Thursday suggested he'll arrive in Quebec with his elbows up.

Trudeau wanted the G7 to be a moment for Canada to shine, but the summit is rapidly turning into an exercise in pure survival: prevent Trump from taking a wrecking ball to the exclusive club of the world's leading democracies, to say nothing of the country's most critical trade nexus.

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