Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, left, shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump
The two leaders held a joint press conference in an effort to form a united front ahead of the G7 summit, which has been overshadowed by mounting tensions over the controversial US duties.
Mr Trudeau said: “It is laughable to say that Canada, France… can represent a threat to America’s national security, as we are the best allies that the US has had in a long time.”
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross sparked fears of a transatlantic trade war last week after he confirmed that Washington would impose tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium to protect US metal producers.
All the countries hit by the so-called Trump tariffs have since promised to retaliate against quintessential American goods like pork, Levi’s jeans, bourbon and peanut butter.
There will be subjects on which the US President is not totally in sync with the others – I’m thinking of course of climate change and trade
The tariffs will “hurt” all Americans, the two allies warned.
Mr Macron also urged other G7 leaders to reach agreements without Mr Trump.
He said: “There will be subjects on which the US President is not totally in sync with the others – I’m thinking of course of climate change and trade.
“Our common goal is to try to find a text that can be signed by everyone… That said, I agree with what Justin Trudeau has said many times – the desire to sign a common G7 declaration must not outweigh the need to be mindful of the content.
“We Europeans and the Japanese are not ready to give up everything to get Mr Trump’s signature… It would be a mistake and would endanger the relevance of this G7.
“The G7 is an opportunity for us to get together and have frank, open discussions among nations who have long been allies and friends.”
Mr Macron attempted to justify his ‘bromance’ with Mr Trump.
He said: “Critics have reproached me for being too friendly with President Trump. But there is a long-standing friendship between our people, and we must maintain these ties no matter what,” he said, before admitting that he had failed to sway the US leader on key global issues.
“I have repeatedly tried to convince President Trump on climate change, on Iran, on trade. But I am not President Trump, and I cannot make decisions in his place. Can I be held responsible for another leader’s decisions? No.”
The leaders will meet with Mr Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minster Theresa May, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and newly appointed Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte in Quebec for talks on Friday and Saturday.