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Trade disputes cast chill over G7 leaders' summit in Canada

Theresa May slams Trump for imposing tariffs on allies Modal Trigger Theresa May Getty Images
Ray Hunter | 08 June, 2018, 14:10

French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived here and met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of the 44th G7 Summit on Friday, that was expected to be dominated by political and trade differences between the United States and its allies.

The French President quoted Otto Von Bismarck, the first Reichskanzler of the German Empire, known as the "iron Chancellor".

"So I like it when people see the finished meal, but I'm not convinced the kitchen commentary helps with delivering the meal or eating it".

Macron spelled out his intention to ban mobile phones in schools in his manifesto before his election as president in May, the Telegraph reported.

According to CNN, when Trudeau pressed Trump to explain how he could use national security as the justification for the tariffs on Canada, the president reportedly replied: "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?"

UNITED States President Donald Trump wants to end the three-party talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), aiming instead to deal separately with Canada and Mexico to restructure the trade accord, a senior adviser said on Tuesday.

When asked if Trudeau took it as a joke, CNN's source said, "To the degree one can ever take what is said as a joke". "But Trump can't handle being criticized like that".

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Mr Macron, appalled by his predecessor Francois Hollande's frequent off-the-record comments to journalists, has kept the press at a distance since his election a year ago and banned his aides from giving behind-the-scenes accounts of his presidency.

Macron took his metaphor further, explaining that "in Paris we're not in the habit of commenting on how it went-if it's hot, if it's cold, if it's warm, if it's bad".

The Group of Seven leading industrial nations at its summit this week is poised to disagree over US metals tariffs, which have infuriated Canada and European Union members of the bloc, a Canadian official said on Tuesday.

"The U.S. tariff on steel is affecting those workers today", said Scheer, who noted Canada's steel industry employs more than 23,000 workers and indirectly supports more than 100,000 jobs.

Last year Macron said that he tried to stop the United States leader from pulling out of the Paris climate change agreement, but this was to no avail as he continued to do so.

French President Emmanuel Macron waves to the crowd while touring Old Montreal with his wife Brigitte Macron in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 7, 2018.

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