Thursday, 19 July, 2018

White House slams Canadian PM Justine Trudeau; accuses him of betrayal

Trudeau and Macron met in Ottawa June 6 Trudeau and Macron met in Ottawa June 6
Melinda Barton | 14 June, 2018, 05:30

Trudeau said at a news conference after Trump left the summit Saturday that Trump's decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum on the basis of national security was "kind of insulting".

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 ahead of a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump had earlier lashed out at Canadian leader Justin Trudeau for what he said were "false statements" at a news conference and said the U.S. would not endorse the G7 communique.

For his comments, Trump fired back on Twitter, stating, "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

In particular, Trump said he expects that he will either be able to convince Canada and Mexico to significantly reshape the North American Free Trade Agreement or that he will create new trade deals with each country separately.

"We are being taken advantage of by virtually every one of those countries", Trump told a news conference on Tuesday.

The US blamed Canada on Sunday for the disastrous ending to the G7 summit, saying Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "stabbed us in the back", while American allies held Washington responsible. Canada does indeed impose a 270% tariff on dairy that has kept many US dairy products from making their way from the U.S.to Canada.

Following the G7 leaders summit, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a press conference criticizing USA tariffs and said that Canada "will not be pushed around".

United States President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday accused Canadian President Justin Trudeau of backstabbing them.

Hours after Trump withdrew his support for the joint statement and attacked Trudeau, White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close US ally and neighbor. He said that Canada has to stand up for itself.

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.

"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".

"The world as we know it, namely the USA -led rules-based multilateralism, is now in serious danger of unraveling, as illustrated at the G7 meeting", said Erik Nielsen, chief economist at Unicredit Bank.

Canadian officials have stressed the two countries' extensive trading relationship and pointed out that Canada is the top export destination for 35 USA states and that 9 million jobs in the United States depend on trade with its northern neighbour.

On Monday, European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said the EU "stands fully behind" the statement and "will continue to stand up for an worldwide, rules-based, multilateral system".

In a news conference June 9 shortly before his departure from Quebec, Trump brings up his problems with trading with his friends - "It's going to change, a hundred per cent".

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

Trump criticizing the Group of Seven nations host and stepped back from the generally positive tone that had ended the two-day meeting in Quebec.

In retaliation, all three allies vowed to impose retaliatory tariffs on scores of US products.