According to CNN, when Trudeau pressed Trump to explain how he could use national security as the justification for the tariffs on Canada, the president reportedly replied: "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?".
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron say they intend to bluntly tell Donald Trump at the Group of Seven summit on Friday that US trade tariffs on steel and aluminum will hurt American workers and must be reversed.
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. The president said such imports threaten national security, but the European Union responded by claiming the United States is instead seeking to impose protectionist trade measures.
His advisers have said he is trying to use the threat of tariffs as leverage to force other countries to lower barriers in a way that would allow more USA imports. At last year's G-7 summit in Sicily, Macron said he could talk the United States out of withdrawing from the climate accord.
The Trump administration used an old trade law from 1962 to justify the tariffs as a national security issue.
"His (Trump's) statement was completely inaccurate", said Major Tanya Grodzinski, an associate history professor at the Royal Military College of Canada.
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With a trade war looming as a result of Trump's recent protectionist moves, now is probably not the right time to be making those kind of jokes.
"We're not even. It's not a level playing field, and the president has made a decision to be strong. And he's going to talk to them", Larry Kudlow, Mr Trump's top economic adviser, told reporters in Washington.
The comments come after reports that China has offered to boost purchases of USA goods by about $25 billion this year ahead of a mid-June deadline for imposing tariffs on Chinese imports. Last month he announced he was imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from these countries, infuriating numerous foreign leaders who have pledged to confront him during the G-7. In French, she said the two are real friends.
Mr. Kudlow characterized Canada and Europe's angry reaction to the tariffs - including reciprocal tariffs on us goods that come into effect on July 1 - as a "family quarrel".
Officials in Brussels, who are leading the member states' response, said nations had given broad support for a plan to set duties on €2.8bn (£2.5bn) of USA exports.
Trump is to attend the summit Friday and Saturday before flying to Singapore for a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on 12 June.