Trump insists G7 trade talks 'extremely productive'

Tuesday, 12 Jun, 2018

"Others too followed suit, referencing President Trump's Saturday night twitter attack on Trudeau Another twitter user said, 'Justin Trudeau's eyebrows just stole my whiskey and drove off in my vehicle". "We must put the American worker first!"

Trudeau, in Quebec City for bilateral meetings with non-G7 leaders after the summit, did not respond to reporter questions as he arrived, but his office pointed to Freeland as the minister responsible for Canada-U.S. relations.

According to the USTR, America counts Canadian goods that are shipped to regional trading hubs within the United States and then re-exported back to Canada or Mexico as US exports. Larry Kudlow, Trump's economic advisor, went on TV and attacked Justin Trudeau. Hours ago, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a news conference in which he said Trump is prepared to offer North Korea unprecedented security assurances, although he did not specify what these guarantees would be. "Kim must not see American weakness".

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.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland had responded to the White House comments by saying that Canada will retaliate to USA tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way and that Canada will always be willing to talk.

Since Trump's election, Trudeau has tried to take a conciliatory approach to the Republican president.

According to the U.S. White House, there's a special place in hell for anyone who engages in "bad faith diplomacy" with President Donald Trump, and this week that spot is reserved for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

But, she added: "Starting a trade war with Canada, publicly insulting their leader, and walking away from our alliances isn't going to help our state, and it's not going to make life better for our workers".

Mulroney said the government is right not to trade insults with Trump.

Following the G7 meeting, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will "not be pushed around" by the USA with its decision to slap tariffs on some imports from Canada and other countries.

They said Trudeau stabbed the president in the back at the meeting.

Commentators saw a parallel in past tensions between Trudeau's father and Richard Nixon, when the then-leader of the United States called Trudeau senior, in private conversations, a "pompous egghead" and a "clever son of a bitch".

"We hope it doesn't come to that, but if the USA tariffs remain in effect, we will impose our tariffs on July 1", he said.

Nevertheless, Trump appears determined to upend the trade relationship, insisting that the U.S.is the loser, and has demanded that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) be renegotiated or abandoned. The United States has very high tariffs on other products: 350 percent on smoking tobacco, 130 percent on peanuts and 99 percent on prepared groundnuts.

The U.S. actually has a trade surplus with Canada. "Our tariffs are in response to his of 270 per cent on dairy!" We are like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing and that ends, and two, specific threats that it has to stop or we will stop trading with them, "them" being people that don't align their trade practices with USA interests, and warning that if you retaliate against steel and aluminum tariffs, you'll be making a mistake.