Donald Trump: Justin Trudeau's criticism will cost Canada 'a lot of money'

Lester Mason
June 12, 2018

President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau engaged in a war of words after the G7 summit.

In the end, Trump never visited the sessions on climate or the ocean, but held its own news conference, where he slammed "unfair trade" and promised to cut ties with countries that didn't adhere to a "zero tariffs", policy, then leaving for a summit in Singapore.

The U.S. -Canada spat escalated when at a news conference, Trudeau said Canada would take retaliatory measures next month in response to Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

Trudeau had told reporters that Trump's decision to invoke national security to justify United States tariffs on steel and aluminum imports was "kind of insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their USA allies in conflicts dating back to World War I.

Asked about Navarro's comments, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said, according to reporter Daniel Dale, "Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks".

"[Trudeau] really kind of stabbed us in the back", Mr Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council who had accompanied Mr Trump to the G7 summit said on Monday morning on CNN.

Trump accused Trudeau of making "false statements", and tweeted that the Canadian leader was "very dishonest & weak" during negotiations.


"As an American, I hate this", Bruce Heyman, who was US ambassador to Canada from 2014 to 2017, told CBC's On the Money.

Before flying to Singapore, Mr. Trump was in Canada for the G-7 summit with leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.K. All seven leaders had worked out a joint statement stressing the importance of a rules-based worldwide trading system. But Trump defended his actions on Tuesday.

"I have great friendships", he told Stephanopoulos. "I have a very good relationship with [Japanese] Prime Minister [Shinzō] Abe. We just shook hands!"' Trump said Tuesday.

She also said that during the summit the leaders discussed President Trump's proposal for complete free trade among G7 member states, but said the issue was "fair trade". That picture was, we were waiting for the document.

Trump continued: "It was very friendly". And we were waiting for the document to come back so we could read it.

Looking focused or exasperated depending on the viewer's interpretation, Merkel is flanked by British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron, their faces largely obscured.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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