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

Trump Shuts Down CNN Reporter at G-7 Summit - Cortney O'Brien

Trump Shuts Down CNN Reporter at G-7 Summit - Cortney O'Brien

Donald Trump's tirade against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's statement after the G7 summit may not have been related to Ottawa's stance on USA tariffs on steel and aluminum, Canadian based media The Star reported.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland heads to Washington on Wednesday, where she will meet with the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

What if President Trump's free-market critics are mistaken about his trade policy motivations? Freeland later told reporters that "we don't think that's a useful or productive way to do business".

"So that's clearly what was the frustration, but no I think that the judgment day that separates us from heaven or hell is not dependent upon whether you agree with the president or not, so I do not think that it is the official position", he said. "Nor has anybody else".

With U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the centre of the dispute, the back and forth has intensified since just before the start of the month - when the Americans imposed hefty steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada.

Unbowed, Trump tweeted anew Monday morning from Singapore, repeating his criticism of US trade policies with Canada - he also took aim at Germany - in a multitweet rant that went beyond 200 words all told.

As Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross wrote a year ago, while other nations like to criticize the United States for anti-trade rhetoric, their policies put high tariffs on USA goods. "Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%", he wrote in the first of five tweets relating to the weekend's summit. Trudeau stuck our president in the back.

On the Sunday shows, his advisers followed suit with bizarrely acrimonious rhetoric: Larry Kudlow said Trudeau "stabbed us in the back" and Peter Navarro said there's "a special place in hell" for the allied leader.

"That's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference".

There were two crucial points that didn't satisfy the United States delegation, the Canadian media points out.

But the president kept at it as he continued en route to Singapore for his historic meeting with North Korean President Kim Jong Un.

The outburst against Trudeau, and by association the other G7 members, is only the latest incident in which Trump has clashed with America's closest allies, even as he has had warm words for autocrats like Kim and Russia's Vladimir Putin.

President Trump is lashing out at Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over trade issues.

But, Mrs May highlighted a need to "avoid a continued tit-for-tat escalation", adding to MPs: "That is why it was right that we had such an open and direct discussion at this summit".

Hayden said he reacted to the attacks with "a mixture of sadness and, frankly, anger because no country deserves to be treated that way".

Republican Senator Bob Corker said legislation would be introduced this week that would force Trump to obtain congressional approval before imposing tariffs on national security grounds.

G7 allies seemed as perplexed as Canada at the sudden diplomatic row, and Germany and France accused Mr Trump of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.

"We don't want to stand alone in the world", Feinstein said on CNN's State of the Union.

Trump and Trudeau have been ramping up insults ― with Trump characteristically going further than Trudeau ― as the two countries bicker over tariffs. He reiterated his longstanding view that the USA has been taken advantage of in global trade, adding, "We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends".

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