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

What Justin Trudeau said that made Donald Trump angry

What Justin Trudeau said that made Donald Trump angry

Tagging President Trump, he tweeted: Others just took the opportunity to laugh.

While not defending Trump's choice of words in his tweets, some Republican lawmakers said the president is justified in pointing out trade imbalances with allies who have long benefited from USA military spending. Bob Corker has introduced legislation that would roll back the President's power to impose tariffs like the ones he introduced earlier this month on steel and aluminum on US allies, but Republican leaders don't appear eager to take it up even as an amendment to already-moving legislation.

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

Theresa May has admitted a "difficult" G7 summit - marked by Donald Trump tearing up a joint agreement and lashing out at other leaders - saw "very candid discussions". The statement was a declaration of shared values and goals by the seven countries - the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan - that attended.

But something Harper said hints at Canada's real leverage - the consumer choices made by its people. "He did a great disservice to the whole G7".

Although it is unclear which of Trudeau's statements Trump was calling false, Trudeau said in a news conference Saturday that Canada will "move forward with retaliatory measures" on July 1 in response to the Trump administration's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico.

Also in response, Larry Kudlow, director of the White House's National Economic Council, said on Sunday in an interview with CNN that Trudeau betrayed Trump with "polarizing" statements on USA trade policy.

"There's a special place in hell for any foreign 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".

The war of words escalated following Trump's departure from the summit, as he expressed displeasure with Trudeau's remarks on the unfairness of US tariffs, and Canada's determination to not be pushed around.

Responding to the prime minister, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn branded the G7 summit a "failure" as he piled the blame on the United States president.

June 9 - Trump extols his relationship with Trudeau and Canada as a 10 out of 10, blasting reports of a rift as "fake news".

KUDLOW: Kim must not see American weakness.

"He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea, nor should he", Kudlow said. "He can't do that".

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila said Sunday that the rift between G7 members at the summit reflects the unpredictability in worldwide political arena, and he hoped the aftermath of the summit would be cleared up quickly. I'm wondering, though, if you could square that with the comments that President Trump made as he was leaving, that the USA has been taken advantage of for decades.

Right after leaving the meet and Canada, Trump tweeted, "Justin acts hurt when called out!".

Trump on Saturday skipped out early on the G-7 meeting after rejecting the summit's statement of shared values. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy".

The prime minister's silence on Monday came in sharp contrast to a roar of disapproval among Canadian politicians, who banded together across party lines to denounce Trump's attack and praise the bilateral and trading relationship between the two neighbors.

He also asked why he should allow countries to amass "Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay?"

"On the steel tariffs I have a couple of fairly substantial operations in my own riding that are very anxious (about the US penalties)".

Music critic David Wild reacted to the conflict on Sunday by encouraging others to consider what Canada has given its US neighbours. He adds that America "cannot let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on trade anymore". "I'm sure we'll work it out at the end of the day because we need each other".

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