Trump Doubles Down On Criticism Of Longtime Ally Canada

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

Peter Navarro, Trump's trade adviser, directed a series of stinging comments at Trudeau on "Fox News Sunday".

Trump said on Twitter Saturday he directed officials not to endorse the communique as a response to comments made by Trudeau at a news conference after Trump left for his meeting in Singapore. The former Conservative prime minister's government entered into a free trade agreement with the United States.

Mr Maas said: "It's actually not a real surprise, we have seen this with the climate agreement or the Iran deal".

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland called the metal tariffs "illegal and unjustified". Trump refused to sign a previously-negotiated joint statement written by all seven countries, prompting French President Emmanuel Macron to say in a statement Sunday that "International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks ..."

Justin Trudeau and President Trump participate in the working session at the G7 summit on Friday.

Trump's closest advisers added to the attack during televised interviews on Sunday.

The White House today launched a blistering attack on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accusing him of betrayal for his actions during the recently-concluded G-7 summit in Quebec City.

Trump was asked about the contrast between the respect he accorded Kim here Tuesday and the hostility he showed Trudeau in recent days, and what he would say to those who worry he is treating America's longtime friends, such as Canada, as enemies and its longtime enemies, such as North Korea, as friends. Trudeau made an error.

With Macron, on the back of a cozy meeting at the White House last month, Trump said they had a "good relationship" although he admitted they were having some issues on trade.

"He is an unprecedented president and he's outside of all of the normal boundaries of behaviour for an American president". "As Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around", he said.

After Trump departed for Singapore for a highly anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trudeau criticized Trump for triggering a trade dispute and said Canada would retaliate with tariffs against the U.S. He described Trudeau's news conference as "sophomoric" and a "political stunt".

"He did a great disservice to the whole G7". "They have tariffs on certain dairy and food products - 290 [to] 295 percent".

Trump infuriated his G7 allies recently by slapping them with the hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum - a move that prompted Canada and the European Union to threaten duties of their own.

Canadian officials previously made a statement in May that Canada would retaliate by enacting $12.8 billion in tariffs on USA exports, effective on July 1 (Canada Day).

Trump took to Twitter late on Thursday as well to respond to the leaders of Canada and France.

European G7 members also expressed solidarity with Trudeau. The French presidency had earlier condemned "fits of anger". We can't pose a security threat to the United States, and I know that Americans understand that.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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