Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

US, Canada, European countries caught up in growing G7 rift over tariffs

Trump told Macron EU worse than China on trade "Fair trade now fool trade", Trump vents anger on NATO allies, Trudeau
Deanna Wagner | 12 June, 2018, 02:47

Lawmakers gave unanimous consent for a motion backing Canadian steel and aluminum, hit by USA tariffs, as well as the supply management system that supports key agriculture sectors, and gave a standing ovation for the government's response to the Trump administration's verbal attacks on Trudeau. What we did this weekend was come together, roll up our sleeves and figure out consensus language that we could all agree to on a broad range of issues, whether it's making an economy that works for everyone, ensuring the inclusion of women and girls, being bold in protecting our environment, or moving forward in a meaningful way to prepare for the jobs of the future.

The others mocked the USA president, who withdrew U.S. endorsement to a G7 economic agreement on Sunday.

G7 includes the seven leading industrialized countries of Britain, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada.

"Well", Kudlow explained, "he holds a press conference, and he said the U.S.is insulting. He did a great disservice to the whole G7".

Trump was reacting to comments made by Trudeau at a press conference on Saturday in which he threatened to torpedo negotiations on a new NAFTA deal if the Americans did not remove tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

"There's a special place in hell for any foreign 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", he said to Fox NewsSunday host Chris Wallace.

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

So there you have it. Justin Trudeau's eyebrows are just fine, thanks. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did, and that comes right from Air Force One", he continued.

You would think a USA president who is hours away from sitting down for negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and perhaps bring an end to the Korean War and maybe making some headway on the denuclearization of the Koreas would be completely focused on that, but not Donald Trump. He told CNN's Jake Tapper that "of course" Trump's tweets about Trudeau actually had to do with North Korea "in large part". "Kim must not see American weakness". "He can't do that".

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White House officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the characterisations by the official of Trump's remarks.

Mr Trump added: "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not reciprocal".

Trump on Saturday skipped out early on the G-7 meeting after rejecting the summit's statement of shared values. The president also repeated claims that Canada overtaxes American dairy products under its supply management system and complained about Canadian automobiles flooding the US market.

The United States and Canada are facing a diplomatic and trade crisis as top White House advisers hurled insults at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday morning, accusing him of "stabbing the U.S. in the back".

He added: "Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay?"

"My Fellow Americans, let's all #ThankCanada for things we love they've brought to our lives", he wrote, naming a number of people, including Drake, Leonard Cohen and comedy series SCTV.

He is urging USA officials to focus on unfair trade practices, like steel dumping by China.

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".