As Trump attacks, Canada goes to Plan B: same as Plan A

Tuesday, 12 Jun, 2018

"So, how seriously do you take that threat and does that change your plans to go ahead with the retaliatory tariffs?".

The privately owned US company also operates a lumber mill in Plaster Rock, N.B., which produces wood chips and biomass for the Edmundston operation. Trudeau called new USA tariffs "illegitimate and unacceptable" and said Canadians "will not be pushed around". She also said the European Union would "act" against the US trade measures. He described all seven leaders coming together to sign the joint declaration despite having "some strong, firm conversations on trade, and specifically on American tariffs". He added, "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around". French President Emmanuel Macron said France and Europe were standing by the G-7 statement, adding "whoever reneges on them is showing incoherence and inconsistency".

Trump's post G7 tweets also revisited an old bugbear - the funding of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance.

Addressing reporters in Singapore ahead of Trump's summit Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pompeo said he was "unconcerned" that Trump's treatment of Canada - a close ally - boded poorly for his ability to forge peace with a longtime USA adversary. I believe that. John McCain believes it. there's a movement all over the world to look inward, not outward, and I think it's a mistake.

"And add to that the fact that the USA pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade (they pay only a fraction of the cost-and laugh!)".

The company has said its mills support about 5,800 direct and indirect jobs in ME and New Brunswick. After Trump departed for Singapore for a highly anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trudeau criticized Trump for triggering a trade dispute and said Canada would retaliate with tariffs against the U.S. "The Bernie Sanders element of the Democratic Party doesn't stand for free trade".

But the tension between traditional Republican orthodoxy on trade and foreign policy is being tested and so far very few Republicans appear ready to confront Trump.

Heyman pointed to the outburst aimed at Trudeau, Trump's lateness for an important meeting on gender equality at the G7, and the president's suggestion that Russian Federation be invited back into the G7 as evidence of this effort. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!"

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow continued the war of words between the Trump administration and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday morning. "He did a great disservice to the whole G7".

- White House trade advisor Peter Navarro ups the ante, telling Fox News that there's a "special place in hell" for Trudeau, who he accuses of engaging in "bad-faith diplomacy" with Trump. Canada is the top U.S. export market, with the country buying more than $340 billion in American goods and services in 2017, according to data from the U.S. Trade Representative.

"Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks ... and we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes from a close ally", Ms Freeland told reporters in Quebec City.