Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump in hot waters for lashing back at Canada after G7 summit

Trump in hot waters for lashing back at Canada after G7 summit

Bashing the leader of one of America's venerable allies, the White House escalated its trade tirade and leveled more withering and unprecedented criticism Sunday against Canada's prime minister, branding Justin Trudeau a back-stabber unworthy of President Donald Trump's time. When the Canadian prime minister went on Twitter Sunday morning, he did not explicitly address Trump's comments, choosing instead to highlight the virtues of the G-7 agreement.

Without any resolution, Trudeau has promised to impose retaliatory tariffs on metals and a range of other U.S. products by Canada Day.

The U.S. actually has a trade surplus with Canada.

Mr Kudlow accused the Canadian PM of betraying Mr Trump with "polarising" statements on trade policy that risked making the U.S. leader look weak ahead of a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said after the summit ended in controversy.

US President Donald Trump on Monday continued his vitriolic attacks on several close allies in the wake of his early departure from an unusually discordant G7 meeting in Canada, which saw him withdraw US support for a joint communique.

He left early, chose to walk out of a couple of meetings because he didn't agree with what they had to say, did not attend the discussions on climate change or women's rights, which again, came to no one's surprise, and then of course, he left the entire thing early after getting pissed off at Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

Trump has framed the topic of trade agreements as an issue of national security, a stance backed by the advisers he has stocked in his White House, including the new National Security Advisor John Bolton. "We will act too", Merkel said.

Trudeau, who had said at the news conference that Canada would retaliate for new U.S. tariffs, didn't respond to questions about Trump when the PM arrived at a Quebec City hotel Sunday for meetings with other world leaders. Photo taken June 8, 2018.

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The United States is now fighting with Canada on trade, and some comments from White House officials have been, well, less helpful than others.

Jeremy Corbyn said Donald Trump was to blame for the summit's "failure".

But, despite the summit ending in acrimony, Mrs May stressed the United Kingdom remains committed to working together with other nations on global challenges such as free trade.

"If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", Mr. Trump said.

France is also standing by the G7 communique, a French presidency official said.

But French president Emmanuel Macron said "International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks". "The only people capable of persuading Trump to stop this are in the United States, but they have not hit anything like top gear", said one person close to the matter.

"This is of great concern to the G7".

Responding to the prime minister, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn branded the G7 summit a "failure" as he piled the blame on the USA president. "It is even more important that Europe stands together and even more aggressively represents its interests".

The motion in parliament, introduced by the opposition New Democrats, rejected "disparaging ad hominem statements by USA officials which do a disservice to bilateral relations".

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