Canada parliament condemns Trump's attacks on Trudeau and tariffs

Blanche Robertson
June 13, 2018

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.

He made the apology - something that former US ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, among others, was demanding that he do - during a Wall Street Journal event today in Washington.

Navarro now regrets the "inappropriate" language he used, he admitted at a Wall Street Journal event on Tuesday.

"Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries", Freeland said.

Trump's ire was not doused by time and Tuesday he spoke at a press conference in Singapore after meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, saying Canada would pay for Trudeau's perceived treachery.

Trump said that he watched Trudeau's press conference aboard Air Force One and was stunned.

Mr. Trump's top economic adviser, Lawrence Kudlow, said Mr. Trudeau's press conference had been a "betrayal" because Mr. Trump couldn't afford to show any weakness before his meeting with North Korea.

"We were very close to making a deal with Canada on NAFTA ... then we leave and he pulls this sophomoric political stunt for domestic consumption", Kudlow said of Trudeau. The U.S.at the end of May imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports against Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

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Trump's criticisms Tuesday were not as personally barbed as the Twitter storm he unleashed Sunday on Trudeau, when he called the prime minister "very dishonest and weak", among other things. And, if I may quote the words of the great Bear Bryant, "when you make a mistake you should admit it, learn from it, don't repeat it".

"I think it is good for him in the short term".

Before flying to Singapore, Mr. Trump was in Canada for the G-7 summit with leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.K. All seven leaders had worked out a joint statement stressing the importance of a rules-based worldwide trading system. We just shook hands.

"POTUS is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around ... on the eve of this", Kudlow said.

"I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words", Navarro said.

Scaramucci said that Trump's comments were meant to make a macroeconomic statement about the state of trade and further Trump's stated goal of improving life for the working and middle classes in the U.S.

Navarro then went on Fox News and harshly criticized Trudeau in one of the fiercest attacks aimed at a foreign head of state by a relatively obscure administration official.

Trump followed through on his tweet by pulling USA support for a G-7 communique. "We look forward to looking at the details of the agreement".

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