Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump trade beef with Canada: Former Canadian prime minister weighs in

Trump trade beef with Canada: Former Canadian prime minister weighs in

The White House is escalating its verbal attacks against Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of close American ally Canada.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said: "In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters".

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he leaves the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. Kudlow suggested on "Face the Nation" that Mr. Trump saw Trudeau as trying to weaken his hand before that meeting, saying the president won't "allow the people to suddenly take pot shots at him". Trudeau was "weak" and "dishonest" for denouncing American tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, and announcing, as Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland had a week prior to the G7 summit, that Canada would retaliate with its own tariffs on American goods?

"We have a tremendous trade imbalance", Trump said during Saturday's press conference. 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 ..."

Kudlow also insisted that Trudeau's remarks were created to make America look weak as Trump flies to Singapore for his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Kudlow's and Navarro's comments come on the heels of a tense G7 summit that left relations with USA allies even more fractured than before. Trump has also maintained his stance that tariffs are a national security issue, because unfair trade deals "affect our military", he said. "They have tariffs on certain dairy and food products - 290 [to] 295 percent".

When asked if the president shares his views, Navarro said that the sentiment came from "Air Force One".

"He was polarizing. He really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Trump's top advisers accuse Trudeau of back-stabbing after G7 summit
Trump, who left the G7 meeting before it ended, that tariffs would harm industries and workers on both sides of the U.S. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., accused Trudeau of endangering the economies of both the US and Canada .


"He made an error", Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union".

The statement that Trump reneged on was also signed by the heads of government of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, all of which have also been hit by the USA tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum.

Kudlow went on to assert that Trump's continued tariff threats against Canada on Saturday were a show of toughness ahead of the president's meeting in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

A Trudeau spokesman, Cameron Ahmad, said Saturday night that Trudeau "said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public and in private conversations" with Trump.

The White House has escalated its trade tirade by levelling more withering and unprecedented criticism against Canada's prime minister, branding Justin Trudeau a back-stabber unworthy of President Donald Trump's time.

Throughout the summit, photographers captured photos of the tension between Trump and other world leaders.

"I understand the President was upset", Feinstein said. "But it did not start with this G7, but with the election of Donald Trump", said a European official.

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