'Fair trade now fool trade', Trump vents anger on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, Trudeau

11 June, 2018, 09:08 | Author: Regina Silva

"Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries", Freeland told reporters Sunday, The Hill reported. He also said that because of Trudeau's comments, he instructed US trade representatives to not sign the communique the G-7 leaders had agreed upon expressing the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade". Trump has pointed to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's criticism of him as a reason for withdrawing from the consensus statement. "Our tariffs are in response to his 270 percent on dairy".

A French official insisted France and its fellow G7 European nations were maintaining their support for the communique and said anyone departing from the commitments made at the summit would be showing their "incoherence and inconsistency".

Over the course of his presidency, Trump has inflamed allies with his isolationist policies, including withdrawing the USA from the Paris climate accord and the worldwide Iran-nuclear agreement. Trump said it was time for the U.S.to stop being the "piggy bank that everybody is robbing".

Kudlow had been negotiating nicely with Trudeau at the summit in Quebec and the United States had agreed to join the joint communique, but Trump pulled out after he felt betrayed by Trudeau's news conference where the prime minister called Trump's tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel exports "insulting".

On Sunday, after the summit, Trudeau held a press conference in which he spoke about American trade policies. He also attacked Trudeau's character, calling the Liberal Party leader meek, weak and dishonest.

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Another US trade adviser, Peter Navarro, said: "There is a special place in Hell for any leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door". But, Trump's defenders today say that he is simply standing up for America.

Trump chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow said: "He really kind of stabbed us in the back". He told CNN's Jake Tapper that "of course" Trump's tweets about Trudeau actually had to do with North Korea "in large part".

Europe will not let Trump do "whatever he pleases", the German chancellor said, adding that "we will not allow ourselves to be deceived again and again". "We need to stand with our democratic allies". "We're the closest partners in the world and you don't want to see a dispute over one particular issue poison everything". They also discussed speeding up talks and the future of Nafta, a Canadian government official said late Friday. He described all seven leaders coming together to sign the joint declaration despite having "some strong, firm conversations on trade, and specifically on American tariffs".

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said when asked about Mr Trump's U-turn, adding it would take much longer to rebuild lost trust.
Meanwhile, Canada is the top export market for the US, which had an $8.4 billion surplus with the country in 2017, according to the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Mr. Heyman said there is no basis for Mr. Trump's attitude toward Canada: The almost $900-billion in annual trade is relatively balanced between the two countries - with a slight surplus in the United States' favour.

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