Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Dyer: Trump bays at moon with trade obsession

Dyer: Trump bays at moon with trade obsession

Trump and Aides throw insults at Trudeau - It is hard to conceive how a leader of one of the largest countries in the world, President Donald J. Trump of the US could throw insults of the type which are alike to a child having a temper tantrum - at one of his country's closest allies, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

During a Friday meeting with Trudeau, who Trump has had an often uneasy relationship, he joked that his Canadian counterpart had "agreed to cut all tariffs and trade barriers".

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.

That comment has Trump squarely offside with this fellow G7 leaders, including Canada, who view Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its meddling in western elections as a major global security concern.

He said: "Why are we having a meeting without Russian Federation in the meeting?"

The U.S. sold $631 million in dairy to Canada in 2016 while Canada sold $112 million to the U.S.

President Donald Trump has ramped up his messaging about the G7 and Canada in recent days, accusing the other G7 countries of unfair trade practices.

In a mocking tone, Kudlow rattled off the reasons Trudeau offered for his barbed critique of Trump's policies.


The relationship between the USA and its allies was already off-balance after Mr. Trump just a week before the summit imposed 25% tariffs on steel and 10% tariffs on aluminum from the European Union and Canada.

Following the media avail, a reporter asks if Trudeau is disappointed that Trump was cutting out early to prepare for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "So he holds a press conference - the president is barely out of there on the plane to North Korea, and he starts insulting us, he starts talking about the U.S.is insulting Canada", Kudlow said. "The phrase I've used is engage but beware", she told Britain's Sky News. "The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the president".

Trump contends that other countries "have been taking advantage of the United States on trade".

"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. he 'will not be pushed around.' Very dishonest & weak", he added.

Justin Trudeau's stance was solid and clear!

"That's unconscionable", Heyman said."Anybody who represents the United States of America from the White House using that kind of language with any world leader of any type, I think is uncalled for".

Prior to Trump's departure for Singapore, worldwide leaders met in Quebec over the weekend for the G7 conference.

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