Canada Responds After White House Says Trudeau 'Stabbed Us In The Back'

12 June, 2018, 06:43 | Author: Wade Massey
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"As Canadians, we are polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around".

Trump is in Singapore where he is meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. "We must put the American worker first!"

In recent weeks, trading partners of the U.S. have criticised new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports imposed by the Trump administration. -Canada border. Trudeau told reporters that imposing retaliatory measures "is not something I relish doing" but that he wouldn't hesitate to do so because "I will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests". Larry Kudlow, Trump's chief economic adviser, told CNN that Trudeau's press conference addressing Trump's actions was "a betrayal". "Kim must not see weakness".

"Now, these are things that the prime minister said before, basically, but he didn't say them before (or) after a successful G7 communique, where President Trump and the others all worked in good faith to put a statement together, which, by the way, nearly nobody expected to happen".

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", the G-7 nations said in their joint communique issued at the conclusion of the two-day summit in Canada. And as everyone had predicted, Trump made a complete ass of himself, and by extension, the entire United States.

The Trump administration imposed aluminum and steel tariffs on the other G-7 members - the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Canada and Japan - ratcheting up tensions between the USA and its allies in the run-up to the summit.

But the response by US lawmakers, business executives and officials falls short of the concerted and effective nationwide pressure campaign Canadian officials had hoped would be launched if a major threat developed. Trump views the USA trade deficit - with any country, friend or foe - as the problem rather than China as the unique commercial and geo-strategic competitor.

Timeline of trade tensions since the US decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports
Timeline of trade tensions since the US decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports

"There are a number of Republicans behind closed doors who are having this conversation, but are too fearful of their president to say it in the open".

When Mr Trump's tweets withdrawing support from the G7 statement hit on Sunday, the Prime Minister's office said Mr Trudeau had not said anything in his closing news conference he has not said to the US President before. The United States has very high tariffs on other products: 350 percent on smoking tobacco, 130 percent on peanuts and 99 percent on prepared groundnuts. Right after leaving the meet and Canada, Trump tweeted, "Justin acts hurt when called out!".

"Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks ... and we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes from a close ally", Ms Freeland told reporters in Quebec City on Sunday.

As Derek Scissors of the American Enterprise Institute points out, the trade agreement could extend beyond North America to Britain, which is seeking a new trade arrangement as it exits the European Union, and the Philippines and Taiwan, which are pressured by China.

In view of threatened United States tariffs on auto imports, which would particularly affect Germany, Grenell said that he was a "big vehicle fan" and knew how important the industry was.

The President ripped Trudeau on twitter over his "false statements" to the press; adding that he instructed his administration "not to endorse" a joint statement from the G7 countries following the contentious summit. Or we'll stop trading with them'.

Trudeau is the facile democratically elected leader of a Western society; President Xi is the remorseless president-for-life of a hostile dictatorship.

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