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

Canadian lawmakers unanimously accuse U.S. of attacking Trudeau

Canadian lawmakers unanimously accuse U.S. of attacking Trudeau

Trump also called Trudeau "very weak and dishonest" following the summit.

Trudeau reiterated his objections to Trump's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union and his own plans to introduce retaliatory measures targeting USA products.

In an extraordinary interview with CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, Larry Kudlow, who was present for negotiations at the G7 summit in Quebec over the weekend, said Trudeau had instigated "a betrayal" and was "essentially double-crossing President Trump".

Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un converged on this island city state Sunday ahead of one of the most unusual and highly anticipated summits in recent world history, a sit-down Tuesday morning meant to settle a stand-off over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal. He also attacked Trudeau's character, calling the Liberal Party leader meek, weak and dishonest.

Kudlow said allies should understand that Trump "will do what is necessary to protect the US, its businesses and its workforce", adding that Trump "has always said, and I agree, tariffs are a tool in that effort".

While foreign policy issues such as North Korea do not usually have much bearing on the polls, Mr Trump's outburst against Nato allies, the European Union and Canada appeared aimed at striking a chord with voters who support his America First agenda. We have put up with Trade Abuse for many decades - and that is long enough.

The purely symbolic vote of solidarity came a day after White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said: "There is a special place in hell" for Trudeau for his "bad faith diplomacy" with Trump, as a dispute over trade escalated.

The back-and-forth between Trump and Trudeau highlights the growing tensions between the USA and some the country's closest allies.

The US has previously said that while it would prefer a three-way tripartite agreement, if that proves impossible, it is prepared to move on a bilateral basis, after expressing concern over the slow progress made in renegotiations.

The U.S condemnation stems from Trudeau's assertion that Canadians "are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", a point he had made several times before.

A Trudeau spokesman, Cameron Ahmad, said on Saturday night that Mr Trudeau "said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public and in private conversations" with Mr Trump.

"The European Commission sticks to the final declaration communique and will take all the necessary action at our level to achieve and promote the objectives set therein".

As for the prospect of new trade deals touted by the Trump administration, Alden says they are a pipe dream.

The Post wrote that Canada "has every right to be insulted".

Trump again presented the USA as the victim of unfair trade deals during the interview with ABC on Tuesday.

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 global law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg.

On 1 June, the United States imposed a 25% tariff for steel and 10% for aluminium on imports from the European Union (EU), Canada, and Mexico.

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