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President Trump. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images. PM Trudeau and President Macron. Photo: John van Hasselt/Corbis via Getty Images

President Trump is facing off with two close allies — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron.

The big picture: Since Trump announced tariffs on the two countries, both leaders have spoken out against the president and announced retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. Trudeau and Macron met this week ahead of the G7 summit to strengthen their relationship, and took turns criticizing Trump's trade moves at a joint press conference.

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He then followed up with a series of tweets calling Canada's prime minister "indignant" and claiming the country charges the U.S. "up to 300% on dairy — hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!" Later, he called on both the E.U. and Canada to take down "tariffs & barriers" adding that if they fail to do so, the U.S. "will more than match you!"

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"This is not about the American people. We have to believe that at some point their common sense will prevail. But we see no sign of that in this action today by the U.S. administration."

  • Trudeau said in the joint press conference with Macron on Thursday: "This is ridiculous to think they could be a threat to national security. In fact, we are the closest friends the United States has had in quite some time."

Go deeper: Trudeau and Macron team up on Trump

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McConnell drops filibuster demand, paving way for power-sharing deal

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (R) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attend a joint session of Congress. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has abandoned his demand that Democrats state, in writing, that they would not abandon the legislative filibuster.

Between the lines: McConnell was never going to agree to a 50-50 power sharing deal without putting up a fight over keeping the 60-vote threshold. But the minority leader ultimately caved after it became clear that delaying the organizing resolution was no longer feasible.

6 hours ago - Technology

Scoop: Google won't donate to members of Congress who voted against election results

Sen. Ted Cruz led the group of Republicans who opposed certifying the results. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Google will not make contributions from its political action committee this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election, following the deadly Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Several major businesses paused or pulled political donations following the events of Jan. 6, when pro-Trump rioters, riled up by former President Trump, stormed the Capitol on the day it was to certify the election results.

7 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Minority Mitch still setting Senate agenda

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Chuck Schumer may be majority leader, yet in many ways, Mitch McConnell is still running the Senate show — and his counterpart is about done with it.

Why it matters: McConnell rolled over Democrats unapologetically, and kept tight control over his fellow Republicans, while in the majority. But he's showing equal skill as minority leader, using political jiujitsu to convert a perceived weakness into strength.