"Tariffs imposed last week by President Trump on European Union and Canada have increased significantly tensions before the meeting", a senior European Union official said, adding that a breakthrough to ease trade tensions was unlikely. They may also seek redress through legal action at the World Trade Organization.
Today, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, spoke with the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
"There are disagreements. He's sticking to his guns".
Amid Trudeau's vocal opposition, Trump has reportedly weighed further options to crack down on the US's northern neighbor.
Both Trudeau and Trump are preparing for the upcoming G7 summit in Quebec, Canada, which is likely to be abuzz with talks on how to cope with the new global trade landscape after Trump slapped new steel and aluminum import tariffs on Washington's European allies and Canada, all fellow G7 members.
Given that Trump doesn't even know the words to God Bless America, I think it's safe to say that this line was exactly as dumb and ill-informed as it sounds*. Washington has threatened tariffs on imports of Chinese goods unless Beijing stops stealing American companies' intellectual property.
"Until we can have reciprocal relationships, we will not have free trade, and we will not have fair trade", Kudlow said.
"Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers", he tweeted.
Microsoft is finally giving us a discount on the Xbox One X
On top of this Microsoft are also dropping the price of 1TB Xbox One S bundles to $249 and 500GB Xbox One S consoles to $199. If you have NBN (with good speeds) then installing and uninstalling games is an easy, relatively fast process.
Two Canadian-based sources said divisions between the United States and other G7 members were so great that senior officials in charge of each nation's preparations planned to hold an unusual additional meeting tonight in a bid to find consensus.
The other G7 members - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom - are likely to bash Trump's recent tariffs and trade restrictions.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested to the German parliament on Wednesday that she is bracing for some frank talks.
He doesn't see the USA tariffs as a specific attack against Canada or even Saguenay, but likely more of a strategic move by someone he considers a canny and experienced negotiator.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, pressed about a Washington Post report that the White House was considering additional economic penalties against Canada, told reporters that Ottawa was unaware of any such move.
The relationship between Trump and Canada has become rocky over the past week, with heavy steel and aluminum tariffs being imposed by both governments.
While the tariffs do not impact Japan directly, the Asian country has other concerns with the Trump administration, centering around its efforts to make a deal with North Korea. European allies have urged Trump to reconsider.
"There will be subjects on which the (U.S.) president is not totally in sync with the others - I'm thinking of course of climate change and trade", the French leader said. France would also oppose any wording that described the Iran pact as obsolete, the official added.
The two leaders also dismissed as absurd Trump's assertion of national security concerns.