Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Canadian lawmakers unanimously accuse United States of attacking Trudeau

Melinda Barton | 12 June, 2018, 19:02

President Trump said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had "learned" from his decision to criticize USA trade policy even as he downplayed tensions that erupted after a recent meeting with allies.

Trump's looming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un heightened tension, and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of betraying Trump with "polarizing" statements on trade policy that risked making the US leader look weak on the eve of the historic North Korea summit.

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.

In the end, Trump never visited the sessions on climate or the ocean, but held its own news conference, where he slammed "unfair trade" and promised to cut ties with countries that didn't adhere to a "zero tariffs", policy, then leaving for a summit in Singapore.

U.S. President Donald Trump's tweet storm after the G7 summit prompted support for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from some prominent conservatives. "President Trump made President Trump look unstable, erratic and thin-skinned".

Heyman believes the relationship can recover, with the caveat that the US will have to take the initiative.

Trump was asked about the contrast between the respect he accorded Kim here Tuesday and the hostility he showed Trudeau in recent days, and what he would say to those who worry he is treating America's longtime friends, such as Canada, as enemies and its longtime enemies, such as North Korea, as friends. These countermeasures amount up to 16.6 billion Canadian dollars (about 12 billion US dollars) in imports of steel, aluminum, and other products from the Unites States, and are set to come into effect on July 1 this year. Conspiracy theories, jokes and memes started bubbling up after the Canadian Prime Minister's eyebrows appeared uneven during his press conference with French president Emanuel Macron.

As the Trump administration came out swinging, the response from congressional leaders was. total silence.

Trump's behavior at the G-7 summit was criticized by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers as being antagonistic of US allies.

"To leave Canada the way that we did and to make the statements about a trusted ally like this is just wrong", Flake told reporters, according to ABC News. "The problem was that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate".

"We want to sell to China, Mexico, whoever", an Iowa farmer told the New York Times.

Canada is America's largest trading partner, he said, adding that the USA economy would struggle to make up for Canada's absence in a tariff tit-for-tat. May said the US has already asked about negotiating a trade agreement post-Brexit and she expressed confidence that the United Kingdom government will be able to negotiate a fair arrangement. "He did a great disservice to the whole G7", economic advisor Larry Kudlow said on CNN on Sunday.