The Macron-Trump bromance has a dark side, just like sausage-making

According to a CNN report, White House staffers described Macron's call with Trump las week as "terrible", as the conversation turned to the recent decision by the U.S. president to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from the European Union.

The fallout from Trump's imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs on his G7 partners, as well as broader disagreements on trade and climate change, was also fuelling the G6-plus-one divide that has the USA increasingly offside with its allies.

US President Donald Trump erroneously blamed Canada for the burning of the White House in the War of 1812 during a recent telephonic talk with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to a media report. "I know this is just three countries but still, you know, oftentimes when you have to compromise with a whole bunch of countries you get the worst of the deals", Kudlow said.

Asked if the administration will respect decisions from the World Trade Organization on tariffs, Kudlow said that "international multilateral organizations are not going to determine American policy".

"We're not even. It's not a level playing field, and the president has made a decision to be strong".

Ministers from Germany, France and Britain have already written to US officials urging them to shield European companies working in Iran from getting caught up in Washington's new sanctions on Tehran.

Officials from some of the U.S.'s closest allies said their level of interaction and coordination on tariff retaliation is exceptional.

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"The government commitment remains NAFTA", said one of several officials, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of negotiations and the ongoing efforts to manage relations with the U.S.

Trudeau has publicly denounced the "national security" justification for the new tariffs.

Trudeau told NBC: "The idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is, quite frankly, insulting and unacceptable".

During a meeting with the Trump administration's top economic officials Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin advised President Donald Trump against imposing tariffs on Canada, ABC News reported Tuesday.

The US measures have resulted in official complaints to the World Trade Organisation by those targeted, but such disputes have a habit of dragging on for months if not years.

"Canada became a country in 1867".

As well as the metals levies, Trump has ordered an investigation into whether auto imports also threaten national economic security, a move that would hit G7 members Germany and Japan particularly hard.

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