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White House reportedly considering new economic penalties against Canada

White House reportedly considering new economic penalties against Canada

"A trade war doesn't spare anyone".

"His preference now, he asked me to convey this, is to actually negotiate with Mexico and Canada separately", Kudlow said in an interview with Fox News.

It wasn't immediately clear how such an arrangement would work. Changes would have to be agreed to by all sides.

A senior administration official declined to discuss the specifics of Trump's phone call with Trudeau but acknowledged some of the President's conversations with his foreign counterparts on the subject of trade have been confrontational.

"To the degree one can ever take what is said as a joke", the source told CNN.

In Washington, Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow told reporters that Trump would press ahead with global tariffs on steel, and allies including Canada and the European Union should not expect exemptions.

Trump has spent much of this year engaged in a series of escalating trade wars with a number of countries, including USA allies Canada, Mexico, and members of the European Union like France.

The talks all appear to be moving slowly or stalling, leading to angst on Capitol Hill and among business leaders.

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But in a nod to concerns raised by Trump a year ago, the joint statement also said "At the same time, that trade has not always worked to the benefit of everyone".

"He is very seriously contemplating kind of a shift in the NAFTA negotiations".

Macron said he would do everything in his power to help Trudeau's presidency of the G7 to succeed and produce a joint statement on Saturday that can be signed by all seven members. He is not going to withdraw from Nafta.

Maybe it all started to go downhill during a French state visit to Washington in April, when Trump publicly brushed a "little piece of dandruff" off the French president's jacket, announcing to reporters in the room that it was just an attempt to "make him flawless".

"Canada is a different country than Mexico - they have different problems, and you know, he's believed that bilaterals have always been better", Kudlow said. "He hates these multilaterals. he hates large treaties". The Trump administration has held out the possibility of scrapping the treaty entirely and negotiating bilateral trade agreements, something both Canada and Mexico oppose.

Trump was making a reference to the War of 1812, but it was inaccurate: it was British troops that attacked the White House.

The French leader also slammed Trump's recent decision to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminum from Europe, Canada and Mexico.


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