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

GOP Backs Canada After Trump Attack: 'A Reliable Ally, a Close Friend'


US President Donald Trump fired off a volley of tweets yesterday venting anger on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, the European Union (EU) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the wake of a divisive Group of Seven (G-7) meeting over the weekend.

"Fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not reciprocal", said Trump, who flew from Canada to Singapore for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

US President Donald Trump called Mr Trudeau "very dishonest and weak" after leaving the Group of Seven heads of government meeting in Canada on Sunday, shattering any hope its northern neighbour could avoid US tariffs on steel and aluminium, or renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trudeau said at a news conference after Trump left the summit Saturday that Trump's decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum on the basis of national security was "kind of insulting".

Trump says he watched Trudeau's news conference on Air Force One on his way to Singapore and was upset because he thought he and Trudeau had had a positive meeting in Charlevoix.

Peter Navarro, President Donald Trump's hardline trade adviser, walked back inflammatory comments about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday at a conference in Washington, DC.

And while she joined with Mr. Trudeau and other European leaders in opposing the US decision to slap import tariffs on steel and aluminum, she urged continued dialogue.

"I see the television and he's giving a news conference about how he "will not be pushed around" by the United States".


But Gregg Doud, the chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, told Reuters on Thursday that the USA has "very serious concerns about the subsidies and the structure of Canada's dairy industry". But the trolled Prime Minister had his staunch supporters too.

Mr Trump's advisers said the U.S. president believed he had been stabbed in the back by Mr Trudeau over USA tariffs. He added, "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".

Trump went on to say that the United States gets "unfairly clobbered" on trade despite "protecting Europe at great financial loss".

"Justin acts hurt when called out!" the US president said in his latest Tweet. Trudeau had used similar language in the past, and Canada threatened retaliatory tariffs before the G-7 got underway in response to the USA duties on metal.

It says that MPs "reject disparaging ad-hominem statements by US officials, which do a disservice to bilateral relations and work against efforts to resolve this trade dispute". He just won and you know, we had very good. "He'll learn, he can't do that", Trump said.

Larry Kudlow, the White House economic adviser, also characterized Trudeau's remarks as a "betrayal".

"In conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message", Navarro said at the Wall Street Journal's CFO Network summit.

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