Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

GOP Backs Canada After Trump Attack: 'A Reliable Ally, a Close Friend'

GOP Backs Canada After Trump Attack: 'A Reliable Ally, a Close Friend'

"Certainly having officials in one government criticize the head of government in another country, I don't think I've ever seen that before", he said.

Canadian officials - including the prime minister - have repeatedly vowed to defend Canada's supply management system, which regulates this country's dairy, egg and poultry production, against US demands. He added, "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around". He also said the USA had a trade deficit of $17 billion with Canada, though he implied that it might be as large as $100 billion.

Canada-U.S. relations seem to have reached their lowest point in more than a generation after Trump tweeted Saturday that he was withdrawing support from a G7 joint communique, while complaining he had been blindsided by Trudeau's criticism of U.S. tariffs at a closing news conference.

Trump also renewed attacks on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who had hosted the G7 meeting in Quebec.

Trump has consistently railed against what he claims are unfair trade practices by some of America's biggest trade partners, including Canada.

"Now, those of us from ME are very aware that there have been frictions", she said, adding: "Those issues deserve attention, but we don't need to alienate Canada in the process". "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did".

Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said her country "does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks".

White House Director of Trade Policy Peter Navarro dodges the press after speaking on Fox News at the White House in Washington DC
“I used language that was inappropriate,” trade adviser Peter Navarro said according to Wall Street Journal reporters. | Getty

A number of USA lawmakers and foreign officials also were quick to condemn Navarro's comments, including Sens.

Trudeau said he had reiterated to Trump, who left the G-7 meeting before it ended, that tariffs would harm industries and workers on both sides of the U.S.

"We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on trade". Trudeau pulled a "sophomoric political stunt for domestic consumption" that amounted to "a betrayal", said Kudlow, who appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" and CBS' "Face the Nation".

"I see the television that he's giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States". And what did Trudeau do as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace?

One particular source of his ire recently has been Canada's supply management system, which levels tariffs of up to 300 per cent on imported dairy products.

"We hope it doesn't come to that, but if the USA tariffs remain in effect, we will impose our tariffs on July 1", he said.

Navarro piled on Trudeau during a Fox News interview on Sunday.

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