Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Justin Trudeau Criticizes Trump, Says Canadians 'Will Not Be Pushed Around'

Justin Trudeau Criticizes Trump, Says Canadians 'Will Not Be Pushed Around'

Hours after the G7 summit, US President Donald Trump is attacking Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau again for "false statements", and he is refusing to endorse the summit's communique that called for reducing tariff barriers.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said nothing in his G7 news conference that he has not said before to U.S.

"Canadians are polite. We're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Mr Trudeau had told reporters as he reiterated that Canada would retaliate against U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium, adding Mr Trump's rationale had been insulting.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", he added.

Mr. Trump addressed the subject of worldwide trade during an impromptu news conference at the summit on Saturday, saying that he does not want to see other countries take advantage of the U.S. over trade.

The communique said the leaders of the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan agreed on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism.

The thorny issue of Mr Trump's planned tariffs on steel and aluminium imported into the United States has upset the consensus among industrialised nations on a transition to freer trade.

"I think the G8 would be better, I think having Russian Federation back in would be a positive thing". The move has since angered leaders in Europe, Canada and Mexico and has prompted retaliatory threats on United States goods.

"The United States will not allow other countries to impose massive Tariffs and Trade Barriers on its farmers, workers and companies". Trump last month directed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to initiate a national-security investigation into imports of cars, trucks and vehicle parts that could possibly lead to tariffs.

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It is an annual summit bringing together Canada, the U.S., the UK, France, Italy, Japan and Germany, which represent more than 60% of global net worth between them. "We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing and that ends".

"It's a brutal blow to a summit of significant success, both in substance and in presentation", said John Kirton, director of the University of Toronto's G7 Research Group. "Very dishonest and weak", Trump said.

Trade experts and officials are skeptical about Trump's idea of zero tariffs, as the Trump administration has slapped high tariffs on imports of solar panel, washing machines, steel and aluminum products.

Russian Federation is a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council and plays a significant role in global security issues.

In 2014, Russian Federation was ousted from the then Group of 8 after annexing Crimea and supporting pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Trump had already roiled G-7 members ahead of the summit and raised fears of a trade war when he placed tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, the European Union and Mexico.

Trudeau's view of how the summit went was a marked contrast to Trump's take.

Mr Trump had earlier denied that the summit had been contentious, contradicting what one G7 official described as a bitter harangue between the US President and his counterparts over tariffs. "That would be the ultimate thing, whether or not that works, but I did suggest it".

"Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't", he concluded.

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