A look at the events leading up to Canada vs. U.S. battle

12 June, 2018, 02:48 | Author: Wade Massey
  • A look at the events leading up to Canada vs. U.S. battle

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

Querying which of the summit's two main protagonists the prime minister backs, Tory MP Crispin Blunt simply asked: "Trudeau or Trump?"

"I'm not so sure John's right about where America is on trade", Graham said on "This Week".

In a tweet posted Saturday evening, Trump said his decision to rescind support for the statement was based on "false statements" made by Trudeau during a press conference he gave, as well as "the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs" on US companies. "Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%", he wrote in the first of five tweets relating to the weekend's summit.

Wherever Trump is getting his figures from, his aggressive personal attacks and determination to torpedo a prestigious world summit on Canadian soil have done nothing to head of the threat of trade war.

The issue of trade was the most controversial heading into the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Que., with Trump launching multiple barbs in Canada's direction in the days leading up to his arrival.

The president cites national security for imposing a 25 percent tariff on Canadian steel, and 10 percent on aluminum. But the diplomatic fireworks ended up even more spectacular than anticipated.

The trade dispute was launched after Trump last week removed exemptions from steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from Canada, Mexico and the EU.

Trudeau: "I highlighted directly to the president that Canadians did not take it lightly that the United States has moved forward with significant tariffs on our steel and aluminum industry, particularly did not take lightly the fact that it's based on a national security reason that for Canadians, who either themselves or whose parents or community members have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with American soldiers in far off lands and conflicts from the First World War onwards, that it's kind of insulting".

"We should think very carefully about a situation in which we are retaliating against one of our closest neighbors and our best friends and longtime allies", said Dr. Robert Kudrle, of the Humphrey School of Public Policy. The official, Peter Tusk tweeted that "there's a special place in heaven for Justin Trudeau".

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Cyrille Simard, the mayor of Edmundston, said the town of 16,000 was built on worldwide trade, which is why he's anxious about U.S. President Donald Trump's increasingly bellicose attitude toward Canada.

Krueger said the strong words most likely reflected the president's thinking.

Heyman pointed to the outburst aimed at Trudeau, Trump's lateness for an important meeting on gender equality at the G7, and the president's suggestion that Russian Federation be invited back into the G7 as evidence of this effort. "We are not - we, Canada, are not going to be pushed around".

But French president Emmanuel Macron said "International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks".

"Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal", Trump added.

June 6 - Trudeau tells Global National that he's "disappointed" at the reasoning behind Trump's tariffs, saying he doesn't understand "in what universe" a long-time ally of the US could be considered a national security threat.

But something Harper said hints at Canada's real leverage - the consumer choices made by its people.

Aldo then went online to state it is a private family-run company that has no connection to any Trump businesses.

Trump has already kick-started an investigation into auto imports, which could result in tariffs on foreign vehicles.

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