From bourbon to boats, Mexico strikes back against United States steel tariffs

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"He is sticking to his guns", Kudlow said of President Trump's decision to impose steep tariffs against Mexico, Canada and the European Union that critics have warned could spark a trade war between the usa and its allies.

If Donald Trump doesn't care about "being isolated", then G7 may be better being G6, says Emmanuel Macron.

The Canadian prime minister will host the leaders of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States for an annual G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec on Friday and Saturday.

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.

While Trump may be moving quickly toward these bilateral discussions instead of as a whole, the president doesn't plan to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), said the White House economic advisor.

In even blunter language, Mr. Macron told a joint news conference that the US tariffs on European, Canada and Mexican steel and aluminum are "unilateral and illegal" and predicted that they will hurt global growth.

"The six countries of the G-7 without the United States are a bigger market taken together than the American market", Macron said, according to Reuters.

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"His (Trump's) statement was completely inaccurate", said Major Tanya Grodzinski, an associate history professor at the Royal Military College of Canada.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she expected "difficult discussions" at the summit while Canada and Mexico already have retaliated against a range of US exports and the European Union has promised to do so as well, raising the specter of a tit-for-tat escalation.

Trump's recently announced tariffs are only the latest move signaling USA departure with traditionally close allies.

Kudlow also said he relayed Trump's message to a senior member of the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office. "And he's going to talk to them", Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, told reporters in Washington.

The response comes 24 hours after Mexico confirmed it had launched tariffs on USA steel and was also targeting United States goods such as Bourbon. "There were no Canadian troops involved whatsoever", Grodzinski said as she reacted to the CNN report.

Macron expressed support for Trump in his expected summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, but also warned that the USA president's abrogation last month of a 2015 multilateral deal on the Iranian nuclear programme, cast doubt on the credibility of such agreements. "We just go ahead and do things", Mr Macron said.

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