Trump Slammed Canada for Burning Down the White House. It Didn't, Really

Sergio Conner
June 8, 2018

"We know certainly that there will be frank and sometimes hard discussions around the G7 table, particularly with the U.S. president on tariffs", Trudeau told reporters.

But the report would also hurt the argument of many in the Trump administration that the USA economy can still see robust economic growth even with the tariffs in place.

He said G7 countries shouldn't be talking about waging a trade war when there are real wars to fight, pointing to challenges in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.

After criticism from Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau and other G7 leaders, Trump is apparently reluctant to go to the meeting and may send Vice President Mike Pence instead.

President Donald Trump is getting scorched on Twitter after he reportedly accused Canada of setting fire to the White House during the War of 1812.

The US imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from its allies - the EU, Canada and Mexico - last week.

Gauthier, who worked in the aluminum industry for 31 years before his retirement, said people in the region want to be like "cousins" with the Americans and take part in free trade for the benefit of both countries.

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Despite the tensions with Trump, Macron put forward a strong front on Thursday, suggesting France and the other G-7 nations do not feel threatened by a nonaligned U.S. Every other G7 country plans on launching retaliatory tariffs against USA goods.

"Concerns were expressed that the tariffs imposed by the United States on its friends and allies, on the grounds of national security, undermine open trade and confidence in the global economy", the statement said.

Canada and Mexico already have retaliated against a range of US exports that include pork, bourbon and steel, and the European Union has promised to do so as well, raising the specter of a tit-for-tat escalation of protectionist measures.

CEA Chair Kevin Hassett, whose office is responsible for the internal analysis, avoided answering numerous questions about economic effects of Trump's tariffs during a White House press briefing on Tuesday. British forces burned down the White House and much of Washington, D.C., in August 1814 after Americans attacked York, Ontario, which was then a British colony.

But was Trump's comment a joke?

During the call in May, sources told CNN that Trudeau asked Trump how he could justify national security as a reason for placing tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

President Donald Trump has angered traditional American allies by slapping them with tariffs and pulling the United States out of worldwide agreements such as the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal.

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