"We may have tactical disagreements, but he has always said - and I agree - tariffs are a tool in that effort".
"The six countries of the G7 without the United States, are a bigger market taken together than the American market".
According to a CNN report, White House staffers described Macron's call with Trump las week as "terrible", as the conversation turned to the recent decision by the U.S. president to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from the European Union. "Because these 6 countries represent values, they represent an economic market which has the weight of history behind it and which is now a true worldwide force". The EU trade surplus with the U.S.is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out.
US stocks, apart from those of steel and aluminum producers, have fallen sharply in response to Trump's announcements of tariffs and other measures against trading partners.
Macron stressed that there would be a European response, and the EU announced on Friday that it would cease trade negotiations with the United States and slap retaliatory tariffs on $3.3-billion worth of American products, including orange juice, peanut butter, and Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau predicted "robust discussions" on trade but other G7 members like Japan and Italy seemed less likely to want to challenge the USA president.
The official said that the tariffs imposed last Thursday had significantly increased tensions before the meeting, adding to the strain caused by the US withdrawal from the Paris accord on climate change and an agreement lifting sanctions on Iran.
Stephane Crochet of the UNSA teachers union told RTL radio it was an insult to adult staff and also a security risk. So, the troops who burned Washington were British, not Canadian.
Despite the lobbying and pleas, Trump has pressed ahead with tariffs as well as pulling out of the Paris climate accord.
Economically too, Europe may have more to fear if Trump does go for auto tariffs. Or maybe they're just dizzy from the on-again, off-again trade war inside Trump's divided economic team.
"He will continue to make the fight because he believes it's in the best intertest of the United States", said Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council.