Canada spat escalates after tense G7, Europeans criticize Trump

Canada spat escalates after tense G7, Europeans criticize Trump

"I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do because Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said Saturday.

The verbal volleys by Navarro and Mr. Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, picked up where Mr. Trump left off Saturday evening with a series of tweets from Air Force One en route to Singapore for his nuclear summit Tuesday with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Trump gave "a long, frank rant", the official said, repeating his position that the USA had suffered at the hands of its trading partners, as French President Emmanuel Macron tried to push back.

In recent weeks, trading partners of the United States have criticised new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports imposed by the Trump administration.

According to the USTR, America counts Canadian goods that are shipped to regional trading hubs within the United States and then re-exported back to Canada or Mexico as USA exports. If this is how Trump treats his closest allies, why would Kim Jong Un believe anything he hears at the negotiating table this week, especially after Trump has already pulled America out of existing global agreements?

After a pre-summit meeting of G-7 finance ministers, in which Washington was rebuked by the other six members on June 2, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that despite sharp disagreements on trade, the other countries remain "our most important allies".

President Donald Trump: "It's a good question: How long will it take?"

President Trump went on with his advisers and attacked Prime minister Justin Trudeau by using words like "betrayal" and "stab".

Canadians have fought and died in almost every war alongside USA troops.

What did Trudeau and Trump say?

Trump's favorite US network Fox News invited Canada's outspoken former conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, usually a reliable Trudeau critic, to discuss the crisis.

Donald Trump versus allies: G7 nations divided over trade war threat
National Security Adviser John Bolton and other aides also look on what appears to be a tense moment. The French leader on Thursday warned Trump that no leader lasts forever.

Trudeau, who had said at the news conference that Canada would retaliate for new USA tariffs, didn't respond to questions about Trump when the PM arrived at a Quebec City hotel Sunday for meetings with other world leaders.

In an interview, Bruce Heyman, who served as USA ambassador to Canada during the Obama administration, said Trudeau's charm offensive seems to be yielding results among Republicans, but not enough who are up for re-election.

The prime minister confirmed the European Union will impose "countermeasures" in response to the American tariffs, which she said "ultimately makes everyone poorer".

Yet he worked to smooth over the ideological differences and to present himself as the best neighbor the United States could hope for.

"I think any time you have this type of a public display that allows for separation between us and our allies, that's not a healthy thing", Rounds said.

Commentators saw a parallel in past tensions between Trudeau's father and Richard Nixon, when the then-leader of the United States called Trudeau senior, in private conversations, a "pompous egghead" and a "clever son of a bitch".

"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with Donald J. Trump and then try to stab him in the back on the way out the door", trade adviser Peter Navarro said on Fox News.

On trade, she said multilateral action was the way forward, not unilateral action against one's partners.

- En route to Singapore, Trump launches a ferocious attack against Trudeau on Twitter, calling his behaviour during G7 meetings "meek and mild" and accusing him of making "false statements" at his press conference.

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

"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.

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