"The PM said that the US, UK and European Union are close national security allies and we recognise the importance of the values of open and fair trade across the world".
In a call to Trump last Friday, Trudeau offered to meet Trump because he felt they were close to an agreement that only required a "final deal-making moment". Even more unlikely is the fact that the target of the criticism is the US, which has done more than any other country to establish the free-trade principles upon which the global economy functions today.
France's Mr. Le Maire said Washington has only a few days to avoid sparking a trade war with its allies and it is up to the US administration to make a move to de-escalate tensions over the levies, with the European Union set to take countermeasures.
During his visit, Ross looked to build on a vague joint statement released May 19 after negotiations in Washington.
The Trump administration has signaled its intent to use a similar security argument to affix tariffs on cars from Germany and Japan, and industrial supplies from China.
Trudeau said Sunday in a US television interview the USA was seeking two main things in Nafta negotiations, which are essentially on the back-burner after the US hit Canada and Mexico with steel and aluminum tariffs last week. "On trade, the USA has quite dramatically become a source of discord and division".
In addition to asking the U.S.to reconsider and reverse the tariffs, the six finance leaders noted that because of the actions taken by the USA, "collaboration and cooperation has been put at risk". "Today's decision belongs entirely to the US administration".
By contrast, previous year tariffs accounted for only about 1 per cent of federal revenue. Lawmakers from both parties have questioned Trump's leniency toward ZTE, arguing that the company represents a security risk.
Donohue's statement came the same day Trump said the USA would implement a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum on American allies Canada, Mexico and the European Union.
Trump tweeted, "When you're nearly 800 Billion Dollars a year down on Trade, you can't lose a Trade War!"
Trump enraged US allies Canada, Mexico and the European Union last week by slapping tariffs on their steel and aluminum shipments to the United States; most other countries have been paying the tariffs since March.
Following this, Canada filed a complaint at the WTO over Trump's tariffs.
If the USA can not produce enough steel or aluminum to meet basic national defence requirements, the reports suggest, it is a national security threat.
"We're clearly not a security risk, so I see it as an isolated issue for us to talk about and agree that they should move forward and take these tariffs off", he said.
He said the focus now is to use the threat of retaliatory measures to pressure the USA into reconsidering its own tariffs before any negative economic impact actually materialises. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross once called Canada's US envoy, during a Trump visit to Wisconsin, saying he's "never heard him so upset".
The tariffs will go into place on July 1, Canada's government said, and will stay in place until the United States removes the steel and aluminum restrictions. "And we also imposed duties on consumer goods, finished products that Canadians can easily find an alternative", he said.
Todd asked if Trudeau was willing to give them that.
Other allies have denounced the tariffs in similarly harsh terms.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau said after hosting his G7 counterparts that he expects the leaders to keep pressure on the U.S.to reconsider the tariffs.
In Whistler, the bombshell news was hard to miss, even if a panel of prominent economic and political leaders did their level best to avoid it.
Trudeau said the tariffs were not created to hurt the American people, but rather defend Canada's interests and send a message to the Trump administration.
Trump demanded Canada open up its markets and take down trade barriers.
Trudeau suggested Trump was disregarding shared history and values with Canada.