Trump slams Trudeau, says United States won’t endorse G7 communique

Blanche Robertson
June 12, 2018

"Canadians are polite and reasonable, but we will not be pushed around", Trudeau said.

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

Heyman said Trump's tweets and protectionist about-face could and force Canada to look for trade partners beyond the US, noting Canada's trade frameworks with Europe and Asia.

Trudeau promised to fight back by slapping his own tariffs on American goods.

"[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 G7 summit said on Monday morning on CNN.

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When Trump's tweets withdrawing support from the G7 statement hit on Saturday, the prime minister's office said Trudeau had not said anything in his closing news conference he has not said to Trump before.

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".

Joining that view was Nicholas Burns, a former USA undersecretary of state under President George W. Bush, who called Canada "the best neighbor we could have".

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Trudeau said he would not cave to Trump's trade demands, even if it meant a full-blown trade war.

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 Mr. Trump.

After Mr Trump had left the summit in Quebec he rounded on Justin Trudeau personally via Twitter, suggesting the Canadian prime minister was "very dishonest and weak" and "acts hurt when called out".

Mocked for cultural gaffes on a recent trip to India, and slammed by others for his efforts in renegotiating the North America Free Trade Agreement at Trump's behest, Trudeau has also been attacked by the left-wing for his decision to nationalize an oil pipeline that had bogged down in protest and controversy.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is getting cross-partisan support as he tries to de-escalate a looming trade war with the United States.

His unexpected and extraordinary attack flummoxed Canadian officials, who have waged an 18-month campaign created to cultivate allies among USA policymakers and business leaders in defense of Canada's interests.

In view of threatened United States tariffs on auto imports, which would particularly affect Germany, Grenell said that he was a "big vehicle fan" and knew how important the industry was.

The Canadian leader and French President Emanuel Macron appeared together for a joint press conference when his left eyebrow appeared to fall abnormally below his right one, prompting many social media users to accuse Trudeau of wearing "fake brows".

He also insulted Trudeau personally, dubbing him "very dishonest and weak" and excoriated Canada's managed dairy market, which is a tiny part of total exchanges but is protected by a huge 270 percent tariff.

"The US pays close to the entire cost of Nato-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on trade (they pay only a fraction of the cost-and laugh)", he tweeted.

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