Canada's PM is back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time, trade adviser says

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 14, 2018

President Donald Trump threw the G-7 summit into disarray Saturday, tweeting that the USA was pulling back its endorsement of the group's communique in part because of what he called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "false statements" at a news conference. Not long after Trump issued two tweets calling Trudeau "very dishonest & weak".

The United States has alienated Canada and other allies by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, arguing that they pose a threat to US national security.

Kudlow added that Trump had made the decision to pull out of the agreement in an attempt to save face ahead of his historic summit with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in Singapore.

On Tuesday, Trump kept up the attack on Trudeau.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro's disparaging remarks about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were out of line and should merit an apology, conservative commentator Michael Reagan said.

Trump said Trudeau's promise not to back down from United States tariffs is "going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada".

While making no direct criticism of Mr Trump, Mrs May acknowledged that the summit had been "difficult" and told MPs she had expressed her "deep disappointment" at the "unjustified" imposition of tariffs on American imports of European steel and aluminium.

The board noted that some of Trump's criticisms of Canada's trade policies are not significant enough to warrant a trade dispute with our neighbors to the north, and that many are exaggerated.

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"Canada has been restrained throughout in dealing with a temperamental president and I think all the way through we've avoided rising to provocation and tried to deal with the facts", said McKenna.

Mrs May said she made clear to Mr Trump that the United States levies were unacceptable - but she underlined the need for dialogue to stop the dispute from escalating. Meanwhile on CNN Larry Kudlow said Trudeau "stabbed us in the back".

McKenna commended Trudeau for refraining from personal attacks on the president and sticking to the substance of the trade disagreement. USA officioals too, took on Mr Trudeau.

European officials said Trump had tried to water down the language in the draft communique on the WTO and rules-based trade.

Meanwhile, the Canadian province of Quebec has offered $C100 million ($A101 million) in loans and guarantees for steel and aluminium companies hit by the U.S. tariffs.

US President Donald Trump has renewed his attacks on America's closest allies following the divisive G7 summit in Canada at the weekend.

While trade is expected to dominate, Trudeau also wants to focus on gender equality and climate change.

Trump again presented the USA as the victim of unfair trade deals during the interview with ABC on Tuesday.

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