Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Canada Responds After White House Says Trudeau 'Stabbed Us In The Back'

Canada Responds After White House Says Trudeau 'Stabbed Us In The Back'

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland warned Tuesday that Canada is prepared for anything, even as the US considers auto tariffs that experts say would lead to a full-out trade war, harming both Canadian and American businesses.

US adviser Peter Navarro said there is a "special place in hell" for foreign leaders like Trudeau, which he has since apologized for.

Navarro now regrets the "inappropriate" language he used, he admitted at a Wall Street Journal event on Tuesday.

In response, Navarro said in an interview Sunday that "there's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door".

European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted: "There is a special place in heaven" for Trudeau.

MacLauchlan said he supported the Prime Minister's retaliatory tariffs in response to US tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum and called on opposition parties to join him in expressing support for the federal government. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did, and that comes right from Air Force One", said Navarro.

He complained again about the news conference Mr. Trudeau gave after the President left the Group of Seven summit early - suggesting the PM expected to sneak in pugnacious phrases while Mr. Trump was on a flight to Singapore. "Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%", he wrote in the first of five tweets relating to the weekend's summit.

Our neighbor to the north is retaliating after President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. That was when Trudeau said Canada would take retaliatory steps in response to steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by Trump on Canada and other allies.

The Trump administration took umbrage at an ally publicly criticizing USA policy just before a historic meeting with Kim Jong-Un. "It's very unfair, and it's very unfair to our workers, and I'm gonna straighten it out".

Since then, several Trump aides have publicly criticized Trudeau.

Freeland's visit is part of a broader Canadian effort to underscore the importance of the US-Canada relationship and particularly their trade ties - an effort that began even before Trump took office. "This is about our economy and millions and millions of jobs".

"We're the piggy bank that everybody is robbing", he said. "But if history tells us one thing, it's that no one nation's preeminence is eternal", she said. It also acknowledges that they stand by the Trudeau government's retaliatory tariffs and other trade measures. "No one will win, we should definitely put up a fight for the parachute". "We look forward to looking at the details of the agreement".

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