Trade War: Merkel Threatens US Over Trump Tariffs - Leah Barkoukis

Lester Mason
June 11, 2018

President Trump lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the country's trade relationship with the U.S. Sunday accusing Canada of "charging massive Tariffs" to U.S. businesses.

Trudeau announced the agreement at a news conference, and then, taking questions from reporters, reiterated his objections to Trump's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

Trump advisers described Trudeau's statements as a slight that threatened to make the us look weak right as the president was leaving for a summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

The Canadian dollar was trading at 76.90 cents U.S., down from Friday's average value of 77.15 cents USA, after Trump continued his attacks on Canada and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The group managed a common statement in which they agreed to disagree on some issues, only to have Trump disavow the document in a tweet after leaving the meeting.

For good measure, Trump sent out more tweets the morning of June 8 before his arrival in Quebec- "Canada charges the USA a 270% tariff on Dairy Products!"

"I would rather see Russian Federation in the G8 as opposed to the G7", Trump said at a press conference on the sidelines of a G7 summit in Charlevoix, Canada.

The amount was more than feminists groups that met with Trudeau on the sidelines of the summit had asked for, earning the G7 praise from civil society groups and activists, including Nobel prize-winner Malala Yousafzai who said it would "give more girls hope that they can build a brighter future for themselves".

"Kim must not see American weakness", Kudlow said.


Trump is set to meet with the North's leader, Kim Jong Un, on Tuesday in Singapore in the first-ever summit between sitting leaders of the us and North Korea. "The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the president".

"The United States loses political influence in the rest of the world, and they also lose position as a centerpiece in efforts to find global joint mechanisms and set the agenda", said Solberg, who had been invited to attend the summit. "So he holds a press conference - the president is barely out of there on the plane to North Korea, and he starts insulting us, he starts talking about the U.S.is insulting Canada", Kudlow said.

The American president attacked Canada and European countries, accusing them of attempting "to take advantage" of the United States and criticizing their unwillingness to fulfill their financial obligations within North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Mr Trump said the move would protect domestic producers that were vital to United States security.

European carmakers argue that they employ tens of thousands of American workers across the United States and that any tariffs would result in US layoffs.

Responding to Trump, Trudeau's spokesperson Cameron Ahmad said: "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the G7 summit".

Mr Trump added: "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not reciprocal". "Instead, we act then too".

"Not fair to the PEOPLE of America!"

The US president, who is in Singapore for a landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, tweeted on Monday that America was paying disproportionately more towards the costs of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) than fellow members.

On June 1, Trump sends the first of several Twitter salvos against what he says are Canada's unfair trade policies - "Canada has treated our Agricultural business and Farmers very poorly for a very long period of time".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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