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From bourbon to boats, Mexico strikes back against U.S. steel tariffs

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From bourbon to boats, Mexico strikes back against US steel tariffs

VideoKey U.S. allies and trading partners voiced their anger with U.S. President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum, and powerful donors within the Republican Party announced efforts to support free trade.

The tariffs were part of an effort by Trump to balance out what he has deemed unfair trade arrangements with various countries, including many US allies. He added: "We have to straighten it out". He prefers to keep the group to seven, quipping that it is a "lucky number".

"You know, whether you like it or not - and it may not be politically correct - but we have a world to run", Trump said.

The G7 groups Canada, the United States, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany.

The administration cited national security concerns in its decision to impose the tariffs on Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

A source at the French presidency said on Friday that European leaders' unity was "striking" at a meeting ahead of the summit. He spent Friday participating in the rituals of the G-7, including the formal greeting by host Trudeau, a group photo in front of the sparkling St. Lawrence River and a working lunch of Arctic char and buckwheat salad.

Trump's comments on agriculture, his imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as broader disagreements on trade, climate change and the USA withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, are setting the stage for some tense G7 talks.

Conte's statement is one of the earliest clues as to what the new Italian government's foreign policy will be as Conte, who was sworn in one week ago, attends his first global meeting.

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Mr Trump's top economic adviser Larry Kudlow says other are counties are to blame for the current situation because they have taken advantage of the US.

"Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the USA and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things. but he doesn't bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy - hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!"

Macron and Trudeau both were expected to have formal meetings with Trump later in the day.

Trump is scheduled to arrive Friday morning for the Summit. Those in the United States who make that argument are typically counting third party goods imported into the USA through Canada, which Ottawa considers an unfair accounting.

Trump did not appear enthusiastic about the summit, complaining to aides about having to attend, particularly with his Singapore sit-down with Kim right around the corner.

Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland questioned the Trump administration's move on CNN. Ben Sasse (R-NE), one of several Republicans to hit back at Trump's suggestion.

And Trump caused more eyebrows to be raised by telling reporters that he wanted Russian Federation - which was expelled from the group of the world's most industrialised nations after annexing Crimea - to be brought back into the fold. "In the interest of all".

"Russia is focused on other formats, apart from the G7", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a brief statement reported by the Government-controlled Sputnik news agency.

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