Canada's PM is back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time, trade adviser says

Lester Mason
June 13, 2018

Trump, as well as some of his aides, went on the attack this past weekend against the Prime Minister, throwing heavy insults at him after he refused to submit to the President's contentious tariff demands - mainly on steel and aluminum.

As he flew from Canada to Singapore Saturday night, Trump took to Twitter to label Trudeau as "dishonest" and "weak".

Another stumbling block was the part regarding climate change, where the U.S. didn't want to see any reference to the Paris Agreement, from which the Trump administration has withdrawn, The Star reported. "The problem was that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate".

"I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words". Addressing reporters in Singapore ahead of Trump's summit Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pompeo said he was "unconcerned" that Trump's treatment of Canada - a close ally - boded poorly for his ability to forge peace with a longtime USA adversary.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", he said. Trump addressed the feud following his meetings with Kim in Singapore at a more than hour-long press conference.

"When I got on to the plane, I think that Justin probably didn't know that Air Force One has about 20 televisions", Trump said.

The United States is Canada's single biggest trade partner, with two-way exchanges of goods and services totalling $673.9 billion (R8.8 trillion) in 2017, and Washington enjoys an $8.4 billion surplus. And I say, push him around?

"I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said.

Trump said he was retaliating against Canada with countervailing tariffs, saying of Trudeau: "He learned that's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada".

"I think it's a very fair question", Trump said. "And it won't even be tough".

On Tuesday, Trump kept up the attack on Trudeau.

One particular source of his ire recently has been Canada's supply management system, which levels tariffs of up to 300 per cent on imported dairy products.

Mrs May said she made clear to Mr Trump that the U.S. levies were unacceptable - but she underlined the need for dialogue to stop the dispute from escalating.

Trudeau was elected to head a Liberal Party government in October 2015, after his rivals underestimated him, sometimes condescendingly deriding him as a selfie-taking knock-off of his father, 1970s leader Pierre Trudeau. The Trump administration doesn't like the WTO and didn't want it mentioned, the source said.

Trump travelled to Singapore from Canada, where he met other world leaders.

The summit was seen as an opportunity to overcome disagreements on new tariffs imposed by the USA on imports.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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