Trump falsely accuses Canada of burning down White House

"Didn't you guys burn down the White House?" he reportedly shot at Trudeau. Unfortunately, the Canadians have never burned down the White House, that was the British during the war of 1812. Canada, which was a British colony at the time, did not gain independence until 1867.

When asked if the comment was received as a joke, one source on the call said: "To the degree one can ever take what is said as a joke".

Those discussions are likely to focus on Trump's decision last week to impose punishing tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from Washington's closest allies, including Canada, the European Union and Japan.

Canada has also rejected "for now" a proposal floated by the White House for new separate U.S. trade deals with Canada and Mexico.

"The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be", Macron wrote on Twitter.

Then-First Lady Dolley Madison famously rescued a portrait of first President George Washington before fleeing the White House in the so-called "Burning of Washington".

Trudeau described the tariffs as "unilateral and illegal" and the national security pretext as "risible".

Now that they've gotten everyone's attention, it would be good if the Trump administration's next move is constructive. But he defended that approach, saying, "there is a friendship between our two peoples".

Trump will come face-to-face at the gathering in Charlevoix, Quebec, with world leaders whose views do not chime with his on a range of issues from trade to the environment as well as Iran and the construction of a new US embassy in Jerusalem.

"There is no reason to use this provision to consider imposing tariffs on the automobile industry, and this appears to be either an attempt to affect domestic politics ahead of the election or for some other transactional objective regarding ongoing trade discussions. This is a risky course and should be abandoned immediately", Corker said in the statement. Thomas Wright, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told reporters that for Trump's first 500 days, "these countries generally were bent over backwards not to criticize President Trump".

Britain's impending departure from the European Union and its desire to put a trade deal with the United States at the heart of its post-Brexit global strategy have left May in an awkward position.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the leaders would air their unhappiness in what he called a polite cordial context and expressed optimism about the summit.

Kudlow shot back that "Trump is trying to fix this broken system".

Such disputes occur between countries all the time, a sanguine Kudlow told a news conference Wednesday in Washington, adding that he's confident that the current angst over Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs will soon blow over.

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

Trudeau and Trump may lock horns again in La Malbaie, Que., where the prime minister will host the G7 summit June 8 and 9.