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

Trump takes more swipes at Canada and Trudeau after tense G7 summit

Trump takes more swipes at Canada and Trudeau after tense G7 summit

Mr Trudeau, who had said at the news conference that Canada would retaliate over new United States tariffs, did not respond to questions about Mr Trump when the prime minister arrived at a Quebec City hotel on Sunday for meetings with other world leaders.

Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was trying to calm the trade waters roiled by a dispute between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following the G7 summit, comparing the tempest to a "serious summer squall".

"Justin has agreed to cut all tariffs, all trade barriers between Canada and the United States, so I'm very happy", Trump told reporters.

During a press conference after the summit, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau flatly rejected a proposal by the White House to insert a sunset clause in a re-negotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.

Also in response, Larry Kudlow, director of the White House's National Economic Council, said on Sunday in an interview with CNN that Trudeau betrayed Trump with "polarizing" statements on US trade policy. Trudeau called new US tariffs "illegitimate and unacceptable" and said Canadians "will not be pushed around".

In a sign of how limited their options are, Canadian officials said they planned to press harder with their USA lobbying campaign, focused on potentially sympathetic lawmakers outside the White House, while relying on support from allied nations and hoping Trump does not carry out all his threats. Canada and Mexico are also taking action in retaliation.

Navarro and Trump's chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, took to the television talk show circuit Sunday to reinforce Trump's message.


Canada and European countries condemned the United States for its "insulting" tariffs, and the latter in response refuted Canada's "false statements", following the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Quebec, Canada. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy".

A Trudeau spokesman, Cameron Ahmad, said Saturday night that Trudeau "said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public and in private conversations" with Trump.

As BuzzFeed News reports, footage from last week's G-7 summit has sparked speculation that the 46-year-old Trudeau - whose good looks are often compared to The Little Mermaid's Prince Eric - wore, erm, fake eyebrows to meet with his fellow world leaders. But Canada would face long odds winning a trade war against a country 10 times its size economically and which takes the majority of its exports. "Do Timber & Lumber in US?"

"[Mr Trudeau] really kind of stabbed us in the back", Mr Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council who had accompanied Mr Trump to the summit of wealthy nations on Saturday, said on CNN's State of the Union. They accused Trudeau of betraying Trump and stabbing him in the back. He said Canada has to stand up for itself. Pre-summit reports from the White House suggested that the president even considered skipping the summit altogether.

"There are always irritants in relationships", Pompeo said, adding that without partners like Canada, "we wouldn't be in this place, we wouldn't have this diplomatic opportunity" with the North.

He said he didn't blame the other world leaders, saying their countries struck good deals at America's expense, and said he blamed previous USA presidents. We have not yet seen the communiqué, but we're told by credible sources, such as Chancellor Merkel, that you have reached compromise language on trade and tariffs in this.

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