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Canadian officials confirm to CNN that months ago Trump personally assured Trudeau that Canada would likely be exempt from steel and aluminum tariffs.

Trump responded by saying: "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?".

Chrystia Freeland told reporters Wednesday that the prime minister and USA president have a "truly warm, personal relationship", despite reports Donald Trump invoked the War of 1812 during a recent call. The member countries are: Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, the United States and the Britain.

Officials in the Prime Minister's Office would not provide details, other than to say it took place on May 25 - the day Trudeau has said he initially proposed a face-to-face meeting with Trump to try to finalize a new North American Free Trade Agreement. In a tweet the next morning, he mused about shutting Canadian wood products out of America.

USA stocks, apart from those of steel and aluminum producers, have fallen sharply in response to Trump's recent tariff announcements and other actions against trading partners.

Mr. Trump was notably more muted in his treatment of Mexico and the European Union, even as they announced similar retaliations.

He also refused to discuss what media reports are describing as a tense phone call recently between Trump and Trudeau.




His private meeting with Macron, he said, "will be an opportunity to talk about the relations between Canada and France that are going very well, but also to highlight the challenges that we are going to have around the G7 table, and to make sure we are aligned". For more than a year, Mr. Trudeau publicly avoided any public criticism of the President, making his tough tariff response a surprise.

"This is deeply offensive to Canadians", Alden said.

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

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2018. The United States has the lowest average tariff in the world. Most famously, the country's first atomic bombs were fuelled in part by Canadian uranium.

"I think it started bugging him", he said. "The impact on Canada and ultimately on workers in the United States won't be a laughing matter". When then-prime minister Stephen Harper in 2011 said USA 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. "This is an unusual step", he said.

The 1812 reference may prove the bizarreness of the entire argument, but it also points to a more troubling, historical lesson. Historians note the British attack on Washington was in retaliation for the American attack on York, Ontario, in territory that eventually became Canada, which was then a British colony. The raid, made in revenge for the American burning of York - present-day Toronto - the previous year, saw the British briefly capture and set fire to the USA capital. Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic advisor, later replied that Trudeau was "overreacting" to the tariffs. But after rebelling against the British, the United States was suddenly on its own, as it faced trade restrictions by both the British and the French who were fighting each other in the Napoleonic wars at the time. "I think the president's made that very clear". "Six Canadians on the Caps roster and eight on Vegas".


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