Canada condemns USA attack on Trudeau, country simmers

Canada condemns USA attack on Trudeau, country simmers

British Prime Minister Theresa May offered some support for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the fallout from the Group of Seven leaders meeting in Quebec, but she stopped short of condemning critical comments made by U.S. President Donald Trump's trade adviser.

But after Mr. Trump left the summit he announced he was pulling out of the statement, citing statements by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a post-summer press conference, where Mr. Trudeau said Canada had been "insulted" by Mr. Trump justifying his tariffs on national-security grounds.

Trump said he watched Trudeau's news conference on Air Force One on his way to Singapore and was upset because he thought he and Trudeau had had a positive meeting at the G7 summit. Mulroney and Trump are also known to have been friends.

On Monday, MPs in the House of Commons approved a motion denouncing Trump's name-calling tirade and endorsing Trudeau's decision to stand his ground against USA tariffs and tweeted presidential threats.

Trudeau said at the press conference that Canada would not be "pushed around" by the United States.

"Canada does have very big advantages on us in terms of trade deficits". Canada exports $300 billion worth of goods to the United States, while the USA exports $282.5 billion worth of goods to Canada.

"There had to be an agreement someplace that the president clearly felt other members had clearly violated, or at least the prime minister had violated", Rounds said.

Trump told a lengthy news conference in Singapore that Trudeau's assertion that Canada "will not be pushed around" will end up costing Canadians "a lot of money". Trump advisers also took up the attack in appearances on Sunday's news shows, leveling more withering and unprecedented criticism against Trudeau, branding him a back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time.


The Trump administration doesn't like the WTO and didn't want it mentioned, the source said. "The problem was that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate".

"It would be with regret, but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory tariffs measures on July 1 applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us".

All of this for the leader of a country that peacefully shares the United States' largest border and has been so loyal in foreign affairs that Canada is almost synonymous with the U.S.in conversations about Western democracies.

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", the statement said, which came despite Washington appearing intent on taking more punitive steps on trade. Trudeau had used similar language in the past, and Canada threatened retaliatory tariffs before the G-7 got underway in response to the USA duties on metal.

"'He really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow said.

The president also withdrew US support for a G-7 communique.

"I had a very good meeting with the G7", Trump said, rejecting suggestions the summit was a failure.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home in an extraordinary assault on a close USA ally and neighbour.

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