Trump takes more swipes at Canada after arrival in Singapore

Irving Hamilton
June 13, 2018

The White House is quietly trying to fix the American government's fractured relationship with Canada as President Donald Trump is in Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Politico reported Monday.

The prime minister has kept a low profile since Trump called him "very dishonest and weak" and withdrew support for a Group of Seven communique reached at the summit Trudeau hosted in Quebec on Saturday.

'But the conclusion I draw is that it is only through continued dialogue that we can find ways to work together to resolve the challenges we face. "They're gonna do what they can to defend and protect their country, just like we're trying to do the same thing with ours".

He singled out Berlin for criticism over its contributions to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, echoing previous remarks he has made.

He cited "a $800 Billion Trade Deficit" for the US, a number he's touted several times.

Kudlow said on CNN that Trump's reaction to Trudeau's comments has been "in large part" because he does not want "any show of weakness" ahead of that meeting.

According to the USTR, America counts Canadian goods that are shipped to regional trading hubs within the United States and then re-exported back to Canada or Mexico as USA exports.

In comments published on Monday, he told newspapers from the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland association that "everyone knows how much is at stake".

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The summit was seen as an opportunity to overcome disagreements on new tariffs imposed by the U.S. on imports.

While President Donald Trump's split with the G7 conference was the main focus of the Quebec summit over the weekend, another controversy was brewing in the shadows.

"Why should I, as president of the United State, allow countries to continue to make massive trade surpluses, as they have for decades, while our farmers, workers & taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay?"

It was Trudeau's closing statements at the end of the G7 summit in La Malbaie QC that apparently prompted the petty insults and angry reaction from Trump.

"Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the US and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things. but he doesn't bring up the fact that they charge up to 300 percent on dairy - hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!"

Trudeau said at the press conference that Canada would not be "pushed around" by the United States. Merkel also said the European Union would "act" against the US trade measures.

"I had a very good meeting with the G7", Trump said, rejecting suggestions the summit was a failure. He reiterated his longstanding view that the United States has been taken advantage of in global trade, adding, "We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends".

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