Trudeau insists his defence of supply management has prompted Trump's tweets

Dairy cows. THE CANADIAN PRESS  Jonathan Hayward

French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived here and met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of the 44th G7 Summit on Friday, that was expected to be dominated by political and trade differences between the U.S. and its allies.

Macron said he and Trudeau discussed their "common vision of the world", adding that "this period is marked by great challenges" - part of their pre-G7 united front, marked by the French president tweeting Wednesday of his country's "convergence" with Canada.

Canada, Mexico and the United States have been holding talks on the two-decade old NAFTA since last August, negotiations spurred by US President Donald Trump's criticisms of the deal which he said was bad for his country.

Chief White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Trump wants to negotiate with Mexico and Canada separately.

British forces did set fire to the presidential residence during the War of 1812 with the US.

Ministers from Germany, France and Britain have already written to USA officials urging them to shield European companies working in Iran from getting caught up in Washington's new sanctions on Tehran.

In response Canada implemented retaliatory tariffs on USA goods.

The US, Mexico and Canada are locked in a contentious renegotiation of the North American Trade Agreement.

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.

"Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers", Trump wrote.

"The U.S. tariff on steel is affecting those workers today", said Scheer, who noted Canada's steel industry employs more than 23,000 workers and indirectly supports more than 100,000 jobs.

The US measures have resulted in official complaints to the World Trade Organisation by those targeted, but such disputes have a habit of dragging on for months if not years.

"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.

"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. "The impact on Canada and ultimately on workers in the USA won't be a laughing matter". Or maybe they're just dizzy from the on-again, off-again trade war inside Trump's divided economic team.

In March, president Trump said his government will impose a 25% import duty on steel and a 10% duty on aluminium.

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