Trudeau expresses support for North Korea efforts, won't engage on Trump's comments

Tuesday, 12 Jun, 2018

Surrounded by G7 leaders, President Donald Trump, and Trump alone, can be seen sitting - arms crossed. And I see the television and he's giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States and I say push him around?

"It would be with regret, but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory tariffs measures on July 1 applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us".

The spat drew in Germany and France, who sharply criticized Trump's decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a Group of Seven communique hammered out at a Canadian summit on Saturday, accusing him of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.

Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said that while her state has experienced "frictions" with Canada over lobsters and other goods, the usa should not be alienating one of its biggest trading partners.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home in an extraordinary assault on a close United States ally and neighbour.

"Congressmen, politicians, people, you know realizing this is a bad thing-maybe that message will get to Donald Trump and we can hope he'll listen, although one might not be very confident that he'll listen to reason".

"As an American, I hate this", Bruce Heyman, who was USA ambassador to Canada from 2014 to 2017, told CBC's On the Money. The former reality TV star complained that he had been blindsided by Trudeau's criticism of his tariff threats when the prime minister said at a presser: "Canada will not be pushed around" and would "retaliate" with equal tariffs.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday downplayed the feud between the USA and allies in the G7 after President Trump and members of his administration teed off on Justin Trudeau, with one saying there's a "special place in hell" for the Canadian prime minister.

"I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said.

"It's kind of like ... if you were sitting with a friend and then out of the blue, you just punched them in the face", he said. "They don't take our farm products - many of them".

Canada is America's largest trading partner, he said, adding that the USA economy would struggle to make up for Canada's absence in a tariff tit-for-tat. The U.S.at the end of May imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports against Canada, Mexico and the European Union. That figure adjusts to a $17.5 billion trade deficit when services are excluded, according to the USTR.