President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a testy call about tariffs last week, CNN reported Wednesday. In response to Trudeau’s objection to the recent steel and aluminum tariffs, Trump reportedly joked: “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” Soldiers did burn down the White House during the War of 1812 in response to an attack in Ontario, but Canada was still a colony of the UK at the time. Rising trade tensions between Canada and the US threaten to drive the key allies apart. President Donald Trump mentioned the War of 1812 in an attempt to needle Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a recent conversation focused on tariffs, CNN reported Wednesday. CNN reported that, during a call with Trudeau, Trump referred to the burning of the White House during the War of 1812 after Trudeau asked about new US tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. The Trump administration used national security grounds as justification for the tariffs, invoking a little-used provision of a trade law from 1962. CNN reported that after Trudeau objected to the national security rationale, Trump replied: “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” The White House was in fact… Read full this story
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