Trump sticks with hard line on trade as showdown looms at G7

A White House and Treasury spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

The global trade system "is a mess".

The French presidency official said that if a final communique were issued, France would insist it mentioned the Paris accord on climate change that Trump withdrew from a year ago.

Apparently the Smithsonian Institute agrees with the President, publishing an article titled, "Today We Celebrate the Time Canada Burned Down the White House".

Kudlow said Trump's accomplishments are "contributing to our economic growth" and are evident in countless economic reports, such as small-business confidence, consumer sentiment and job growth.

Jim Heimerl, an OH pork producer and president of the U.S. National Pork Producers Council, said the 20% tariff on pork legs and shoulders eliminates his country's ability to compete in the Mexican market.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under fire from farmers at home for saying he's flexible on increasing access to the country's dairy industry, a change sought by Donald Trump in NAFTA talks. Trump and Kudlow are traveling to Quebec this week for a meeting of leaders from seven of the world's leading economies, and several of those officials have expressed frustration at Trump for his protectionist approach to trade.

In response to Trudeau's objection to the recent steel and aluminum tariffs, Trump reportedly joked: "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?"

But both US neighbors are opposed to that possibility and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed their commitment to reaching a new trilateral deal in a telephone conversation last week.

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"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. Trump ended that temporary relief this month, seeking to pressure the other countries to cut new trade agreements with the U.S. Japan was never granted a waiver, despite Prime Mininster Shinzo Abe's pleas. Vice President Mike Pence's home state of IN is one of the biggest pork producers IN the U.S. China put its own tariffs on American pork earlier this year.

The Canadian prime minister has rejected a U.S. proposal to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, in favor of bilateral trade pacts. The second highest export market for Red Delicious apples behind Mexico is India, which also is considering retaliatory tariffs on apples.

"The president was very clear with respect to his trade reform efforts that we will do what is necessary to protect the United States, its businesses and its workforce", Kudlow said. The United States has the lowest average tariff in the world.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she expected "difficult discussions" at the summit.

"Some said it couldn't be done. As I said, Canada is whole lot different than Mexico".

In Iowa, the top pork-producing state in the USA, with Mexico as its largest market, Republican Congressman Rod Blum is seen as vulnerable. The policies are working.

"If the sales decline is significant, we're going to have to look at alternatives", he said.

Kudlow says Trump "hates multilateral" treaties.

For his part, the president has taken to Twitter to tout his administration's economic accomplishments. What we are fighting over now, as the new order emerges, is whether the USA wants to have the most important seat at the table or not.

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