Browbeaten? On Twitter, Justin Trudeau's 'Fake Eyebrows' Trumps US Tirade

Blanche Robertson
June 14, 2018

The board noted that some of Trump's criticisms of Canada's trade policies are not significant enough to warrant a trade dispute with our neighbors to the north, and that many are exaggerated.

Nevertheless, Trump appears determined to up-end the trade relationship, insisting that the USA is the loser, and has demanded that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) be renegotiated or abandoned.

And in Ottawa on Monday, International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne urged lawmakers to speed ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that might offset losses in U.S. trade by binding Canada closer to Asia, Australia and Latin America.

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

"Canada has been restrained throughout in dealing with a temperamental president and I think all the way through we've avoided rising to provocation and tried to deal with the facts", said McKenna.

USA trade advisor Peter Navarro, speaking on "Fox News Sunday", reinforced that message.

Trump's latest twitter tirade came after he arrived in Singapore for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

While the agreement of legislators who are normally opposed on most fronts was remarkable, the anger also spread to pundits, officials, celebrities and ordinary citizens as Canadians vowed consumer boycotts of American goods and brainstormed insults of Trump on social media.

"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door", Navarro said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday. Not long after Trump issued two tweets calling Trudeau "very dishonest & weak".

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

And German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted Sunday that Trump had partly "destroyed" Washington's trusting relationship with Europe by pulling out of the joint communique.

"The European Commission sticks to the final declaration communique and will take all the necessary action at our level to achieve and promote the objectives set therein".

Mr Trudeau and the European Union have vowed to take retaliatory action next month over U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium. Thomas Wright, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told reporters that for Trump's first 500 days, "these countries generally were bent over backwards not to criticize President Trump".

The motion offers a collective parliamentary backing of the Canadian steel, aluminum, and supply management sectors and support for the Canadian government's retaliatory tariffs.

As for the prospect of new trade deals touted by the Trump administration, Alden says they are a pipe dream.

Trump again presented the USA as the victim of unfair trade deals during the interview with ABC on Tuesday. "The European Union is brutal to the United States".

"Congressmen, politicians, people, you know realizing this is a bad thing-maybe that message will get to Donald Trump and we can hope he'll listen, although one might not be very confident that he'll listen to reason".

Threatening such a change could be another effort to advance the negotiations in order to secure a congressional vote on a revised deal by the end of the year, according to global law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg.

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