Kudlow: Trump Is 'Seriously Contemplating' Separate Trade Deals with Mexico and Canada

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The White House did not respond to a request for comment and a Canadian official declined to comment on the record.

Good luck, suggested Kudlow, the director of the U.S. National Economic Council.

"His preference now, and he asked me to convey this, is to actually negotiate with Mexico and Canada separately", he told Fox News Tuesday. "He prefers bilateral negotiations".

The criticism has been particularly acute from the summit's host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said Sunday the tariffs were "insulting" to the longstanding alliance between the us and Canada.

According to CNN, the two leaders were discussing on May 25 new US tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum imports from Canada. "It's a measure that Mexico has a right to in accordance with the trade agreement to compensate for the damage caused by the [United States'] tariffs, which they set under the alleged argument of national security", he said.

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".

Jonathan Hayward/CANADIAN PRESS Minister of International Trade Francois-Philippe Champagne addresses a gathering at the Globe Forum in Vancouver on March 14, 2018.

The report follows remarks that State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert made Tuesday while endorsing the "strong relationship" the USA has with Germany.

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Trump's justification for the new duties has provoked outrage from Canadians. She met with her counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as Sen.

Displaying a united front, the two leaders in their 40s said in a statement they "support a strong, responsible, transparent multilateralism to face the global challenges". On Tuesday, Kudlow doubled down.

Kudlow shot back that "Trump is trying to fix this broken system". Mr Trump directed Mr Mnuchin to draw up the restrictions as part of a probe into China's alleged theft of intellectual property that also allows the imposition of tariffs.

Disruption to U.S. -Canada trade could also affect cross-border supply chains that have grown during the NAFTA era.

The US tariffs have been condemned by nations across the world, with Canada last week announcing it will impose tariffs on as much as $C16.6 billion of US steel, aluminium and other products from July 1.

Mr Trump introduced tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminium from the EU, Canada and Mexico last week. Those products include United States steel and aluminum as well as food an other agricultural products.

During their exchange, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale accused Scheer of focusing on partisanship rather than maintaining a common front against American trade belligerence. Trump later said he "had no idea" whether the claim was true.

Two people familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the negotiations are not public, said the Chinese government has started to quantify its commitment to import more United States products as the talks progress.

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