Canada rejects U.S. offer to end trilateral deal

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And, of course, the nation of Canada that Trudeau represents would not officially come into being until 53 years after the events of that war. Trump reportedly responded by saying, "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?" during the May 25 call.

To be clear: No, they didn't.

The White House was in fact burned down in August 1814 in response to a USA attack on York, Ontario, in 1813. Historians note the British attack on Washington was in retaliation for the American attack on York, Ontario, in territory that eventually became Canada, which was then a British colony.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2018. That reasoning has always been a no-go among WTO member states, because they understand that triggering trade disputes under a "national security" framework could eventually render the WTO meaningless.

In retaliation for the USA tariffs, Canada has proposed a $16.6-billion tariff package on common Canadian imports from the United States, including beer kegs, appliances and decorative candles.

"The idea that, you know, our soldiers who had fought and died together on the beaches of World War II and the mountains of Afghanistan, and have stood shoulder to shoulder in some of the most hard places in the world, that are always there for each other, somehow - this is insulting to that", Trudeau said in an interview with NBC.

Ottawa is also frustrated with the slow-moving talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, the 1994 agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico.

The 1812 reference may prove the bizarreness of the entire argument, but it also points to a more troubling, historical lesson. But officials concede the agenda is likely to be overtaken by trade disputes.

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Back in 1812, the roles between Britain and the United States were largely reversed. The United States has the lowest average tariff in the world. But it was British troops that burned down the White House during the war.

That move unleashed fury in the Group of Seven industrialized nations and prompted quick retaliation from Canada and Mexico and a promise from the European Union to do so as well, unnerving investors who fear a trade war that could derail the global economy.

British forces did set fire to the presidential residence during the War of 1812 with the US.

"The United States needs allies for a range of issues".

The fight has pushed relations between Canada and its closest commercial and diplomatic partner to their tensest time in recent memory, with $900-billion of annual trade in the balance.

Dismayed by forced enlistments, action against merchants and other trade challenges, tensions resulted in a USA embargo on the trade of all goods with Britain and France, culminating in a war that included a botched US invasion of what would later become Canada. It's well documented that British troops torched the White House over 200 years ago. "Must we remain passive victims to foreign politics; or shall we exert the lawful means which our independence has put into our hands, of extorting readdress?"

Adding to the uncertainty is European anger over Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the global nuclear agreement with Iran. Facing little to no resistance, the soldiers destroyed both the U.S. Capitol and the presidential mansion in one day of looting and destruction. By the time the news reached the other side of the Atlantic, the United States had already declared war against Britain.

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