Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Canada rallies to Trudeau after Trump's insult

Canada rallies to Trudeau after Trump's insult

US President Donald Trump fired off a volley of tweets yesterday venting anger on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, the European Union (EU) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the wake of a divisive Group of Seven (G-7) meeting over the weekend.

He called Mr Trudeau "dishonest & weak" after Mr Trudeau said at a news conference that Canada would retaliate for new United States tariffs.

Canada's House of Commons Monday condemned the personal attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by U.S. President Donald Trump and his surrogates.

Kudlow added that Trump had made the decision to pull out of the agreement in an attempt to save face ahead of his historic summit with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in Singapore. He also attacked Trudeau's character, calling the Liberal Party leader meek, weak and dishonest.

After Trump's angry tweets, Trudeau's office issued a brief response: "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the G7 summit".

In particular, Canada, Japan and the European G7 powers are outraged by Trump's unilateral - or illegal, in their eyes - imposition of tariffs on imported steel and aluminum in the name of preserving U.S. industry on national security grounds.

Trump wrote on Twitter. "And that's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference", White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said during a Fox News interview Sunday.

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With politicians on both sides of the House supporting retaliation against penalties on Canadian steel and aluminum, John Ries, a professor with UBC's Sauder School of Business, says that might lead to US President Donald Trump backing off.

Trump went on to say that the USA gets "unfairly clobbered" on trade despite "protecting Europe at great financial loss".

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. The tariffs, which also take effect July 1, will last until the USA ends its trade action. Trump said in a second tweet.

Trump has infuriated the European Union, Canada and Mexico by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

"That means [those jobs] are at stake if we start to close up the border between Canada and the U.S. But I do acknowledge President Trump doesn't always let facts get in the way".

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 worldwide law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg. "They're gonna do what they can to defend and protect their country, just like we're trying to do the same thing with ours".

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