Macron: G7 leaders must be civil as they pressure Trump

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French President Emmanuel Macron has commented on the U.S. decision to remove an exemption on 25 percent tariffs for steel and 10 percent for aluminum from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union due to the national security threat posed by the imports of these metals.

"A trade war doesn't spare anyone".

"We're interested in defending Canadian interests - and on top of that, it turns out I'm also defending American interests, because these tariffs they're putting forward are going to hurt American workers as well", Trudeau told a news conference.

He denied America's trade policies left it isolated from G7 allies, but warned that Trump would "stick to his guns" at the upcoming summit. "We are allies. Our soldiers stand shoulder to shoulder to defend liberty and our values", Macron said.

From L-R, European Council President Donald Tusk, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Donald Trump, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker pose for a family photo during the G7 Summit in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, May 26, 2017.

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Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland questioned the Trump administration's move on CNN.

Trudeau said Thursday he pointed out this piece of history to Trump in a recent discussion. Every other G7 country plans on launching retaliatory tariffs against United States goods. British Prime Minister Theresa May urged the European Union to stick to World Trade Organization rules and to ensure that any response to the tariffs was proportionate.

New reporting from CNN reveals that during a May 25 phone conversation, Trudeau pressed Trump to justify his inclusion of Canada in his list of countries that pose a national security threat.

Mr Trudeau, the summit host, and British Prime Minister Theresa May, who will also attend, are among those to sharply criticise the USA tariffs as unjustified and punitive.

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 the night before the summit in a bid to find consensus.

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Malmstrom said she had spoken frequently with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to achieve a permanent tariff exemption for the EU.

The reports do not say what types of penalties are being looked at.

Mr. Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, told reporters on Wednesday that the US administration won't back down on the Trump trade and tariffs dispute with USA allies. But U.S. shares rose on Wednesday.

Canada in particular has been outraged by Trump's tariffs, taking umbrage at the argument that they were motivated by national security concerns.

"If he does succeed in this negotiation with North Korea, we also want him to remain credible on the nuclear situation with Iran, " said Macron.

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The two leaders also dismissed as absurd Trump's assertion of national security concerns.

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