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

Trudeau’s criticism will cost Canada ‘a lot of money’

Trudeau’s criticism will cost Canada ‘a lot of money’

Mr Navarro told Fox News: "There is a special place in hell for any leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door and that's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference, that's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did".

"I see the television and he's giving a news conference about how he "will not be pushed around" by the United States. We just shook hands!"' Trump said Tuesday.

The tariffs, as well as Trump's noted opposition to multilateralism, his criticism of Canadian trade barriers and suggestion that the union become the G8 with the inclusion of Russian Federation made for a chaotic lead into the G7 summit.

The fight could have serious economic consequences, since Canada is the US's top trade partner and the largest export market for 32 states.

Hours after Trump withdrew his support for the joint statement and attacked Trudeau, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close USA ally and neighbor.

"I had a very good meeting with the G7", Trump said, rejecting suggestions the summit was a failure.

The Canadian tariffs target $264 million in Minnesota products headed to Canada, adding $35 million to the cost of exports.

A divisive summit in Canada at the weekend ended with U.S. President Donald Trump firing off a volley of tweets, venting anger against North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, the European Union and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The picture (and many memes) have since gone viral on the internet, and Trump raised it himself at the news conference after he was asked about his relationship with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. We are sticking to them and whoever reneges on them is showing incoherence and inconsistency. Perhaps they were trying to show the power they have.

In recent trade deals with the European Union and a group of Asia-Pacific nations, Canada conceded larger tariff-free dairy quotas. May said the US has already asked about negotiating a trade agreement post-Brexit and she expressed confidence that the United Kingdom government will be able to negotiate a fair arrangement.

The relationship between the US and its allies was already off-balance after Mr. Trump just a week before the summit imposed 25% tariffs on steel and 10% tariffs on aluminum from the European Union and Canada. "$800 billion trade deficit", he said.

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