Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Canada parliament condemns US attack on Trudeau, country simmers

US signs G-7 declaration calling for reduction of tariffs after tense summit with allies 'Fair trade, fool trade', Trump vents anger on NATO allies, EU, Trudeau post-G7
Deanna Wagner | 12 June, 2018, 06:43

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have arrived in Singapore, ahead of Tuesday's summit, slated to be the first-ever meeting between an American president and a North Korean leader.

But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday on ABC's "This Week", "I'm not so sure John's right about where America is on trade".

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.

After the conclusion of the summit, Trump again said he would not allow other countries to impose barriers on the United States. That's the way it should be.

"Others too followed suit, referencing President Trump's Saturday night twitter attack on Trudeau Another twitter user said, 'Justin Trudeau's eyebrows just stole my whiskey and drove off in my auto".

Trump was infuriated by the news conference and abruptly withdrew USA support for the summit's relatively anodine closing statement, a boilerplate invocation of the importance of multilateral trade rules.

"It would be with regret, but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory tariffs measures on July 1 applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us".

"There are more jobs now posted than there are people looking for work in the United States, and we've cut immigration pretty substantially", he said, noting that the country's birth rate is low.

Querying which of the summit's two main protagonists the prime minister backs, Tory MP Crispin Blunt simply asked: "Trudeau or Trump?" Trump aides accused Trudeau of betrayal of Trump for his statement on retaliation.

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

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 ..."

President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow and his trade adviser Peter Navarro blasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday for "betraying" the United States and engaging in "bad faith diplomacy" at this week's fractious G7 summit.

Pledging to uphold the rules-based order, she said disputes could not be solved by nations taking "unilateral action against their partners".

People close to the situation said they were disappointed the outreach had not been as productive as they hoped. These attacks are such a boon to Trudeau's image, a conspiracy theorist might reasonably conclude the prime minister paid millions in secret bribes to get Trump to publicly kick him in the gonads so he could revel in the PR windfall.

The president cites national security for imposing a 25 percent tariff on Canadian steel, and 10 percent on aluminum.

"As an American, I hate this", Bruce Heyman, who was US ambassador to Canada from 2014 to 2017, told CBC's On the Money.

In a second tweet, Mr. Trump said: "PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he "will not be pushed around" Very dishonest and weak".

Russian Federation remains a thorny topic in the US, where investigators have been looking into how it may have sought to influence the 2016 election. Trudeau responds with a laugh: "So I'd say NAFTA is in good shape".

"As long-standing allies we do not make progress by ignoring each other's concerns; but rather by addressing them together". "The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the president".

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