White House reportedly considering new economic penalties against Canada

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In February, talking about "countries that take advantage of the United States", he said, "Some of them are our so-called allies, but they're not allies on trade".

The pair were scheduled to hold formal talks and a private dinner on Wednesday, followed by a joint news conference early Thursday.

The move could create more cross-border economic uncertainty between Washington, Ottawa and Mexico City after Trump imposed metal tariffs on imports from its neighbors.

Mr. Seko noted that Japan and the EU had issued a statement critical of the USA after he and EU Trade Commissioner Cecillia Malmström met in Paris last week.

Mr Trump reportedly asked in a call with Mr Trudeau over new tariffs. If Trump really is accusing them of historical crimes they didn't even have the ability to commit, I don't have much hope that we will avoid the certain economic catastrophe that we're barreling towards next month. The House proposal goes as far as to single out China among a proposed group of hostile nations whose companies could undergo extra scrutiny for national security risks if they seek to buy stakes in USA corporations.

Jonathan Hayward/CANADIAN PRESS Minister of International Trade Francois-Philippe Champagne addresses a gathering at the Globe Forum in Vancouver on March 14, 2018.

Regardless of what the rest of the world might think, Trump is deadly serious about reforming a global trade system he believes is fundamentally broken, Kudlow said.

Behind the scenes at the White House, there have been staff-level discussions for several days about whether Trump may pull the plug on the trip and send Vice President Pence in his stead, as he did for an April summit of Latin American leaders in Peru.

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The border between the United States and Canada has been demilitarized for two centuries.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto renewed their commitment to NAFTA last week after the tariffs were imposed.

But that all changed with the announcement of the USA levies, and Trudeau retaliated with Can$16.6 billion (US$12.9 billion) in tariffs on U.S. goods.

Officials in the Prime Minister's Office would not provide details, other than to say it took place on May 25 - the day Trudeau has said he initially proposed a face-to-face meeting with Trump to try to finalize a new North American Free Trade Agreement. Ottawa refuses to grant U.S. demands for a clause that would end the trade deal after five years unless it is renewed by the parties.

Chief White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Trump wants to negotiate with Mexico and Canada separately. In particular, Trudeau was incensed with the suggestion that Canada poses a national security threat to the US.

The French-Canadian Council for Defense Cooperation will meet by year's end and look at boosting cooperation between their respective armed forces, including conducting joint military operations and partnering on United Nations missions.

Trump mentioned the idea on Friday following a meeting with an official from South Korea. "It's a measure that Mexico has a right to in accordance with the trade agreement to compensate for the damage caused by the [United States'] tariffs, which they set under the alleged argument of national security", he said.

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