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Timeline of Donald Trump's war of words (and trade) with Justin Trudeau

Timeline of Donald Trump's war of words (and trade) with Justin Trudeau Timeline of Donald Trump's war of words (and trade) with Justin Trudeau
Melinda Barton | 12 June, 2018, 06:44

Mr. Trump's tweets taking aim at the leader of a country that has always been a U.S. ally came after the President left the G7 summit in Canada to travel to Singapore ahead of a planned diplomatic meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un, CNN reported.

Trump had delivered a stark warning to America's trading partners not to counter his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

In view of threatened United States tariffs on auto imports, which would particularly affect Germany, Grenell said that he was a "big vehicle fan" and knew how important the industry was. That's the way it should be. "I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do because Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said Saturday.

We wondered what Trudeau had done to make Trump angry. "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". Germany pays 1% (slowly) of GDP towards North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, while we pay 4% of a MUCH larger GDP.

"Fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not reciprocal", said Trump, who flew from Canada to Singapore on Sunday to prepare for the first-ever summit between a USA and North Korean leader.

And former foreign policy advisor to Trudeau, Roland Paris, called Trump "a pathetic little man-child".

Theresa May has admitted a "difficult" G7 summit - marked by Donald Trump tearing up a joint agreement and lashing out at other leaders - saw "very candid discussions".

Following a Twitter tirade against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mr Trump was censured by both French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The tariffs came into effect on imports from Canada and the other originally exempted nations this month.

On his departure from Canada, Mr Trump shattered any semblance of an agreed position between leaders, as he ordered USA officials not to endorse a joint communique.

As it turns out, Trudeau was responding to a reporter's question about USA -imposed steel tariffs during a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 summit.

"You don't just behave that way".

When Mr Trump's tweets withdrawing support from the G7 statement hit on Sunday, the Prime Minister's office said Mr Trudeau had not said anything in his closing news conference he has not said to the US President before.

He added that Trump "is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around ... on the eve of this - he is not going to permit any show of weakness on a trip to negotiate with North Korea".

"I think that those are words that I would not have chosen", Short said.

"The historic and important agreement we all reached at #G7Charlevoix will help make our economies stronger & people more prosperous, protect our democracies, safeguard our environment and protect women & girls' rights around the world".

A spokesman for Trudeau told the New York Times that the prime minister is focusing on "everything we accomplished here at the summit".

NDP MP Charlie Angus said it is not the time for Canada to give into threats from the USA administration on supply management.

"In this business, somebody puts a tariff on your products, you put a tariff on theirs".

"I've never seen language like this, least of all from subordinates of the president directed at the prime minister of their greatest friend and ally", Mulroney said.