Trump and Trudeau blame each other for spat at G7 summit

Wednesday, 13 Jun, 2018

Wrapping up a day long summit with the North Korean leader, Trump described him as "talented".

Trump is right to assail China for unfair trade, but doing the same with our closest allies is a mistake.

Describing the United States tariffs on European steel and aluminium as "unjustified", she left no doubt that EU nations would impose counter-measures on USA goods in response but cautioned against tit-for-tat retaliation which might lead to a trade war. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!"

And the young Canadian leader, who has attempted to maintain a public facade of friendship with the United States leader, confirmed that he would regretfully impose retaliatory tariffs on USA goods from next month to offset the steel levy.

"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".

Things got worse for trade between the USA and Canada as our neighbors to the north announced retaliatory tariffs in response to the Trump administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and other US allies.

Trudeau is not Trump's only target in the growing trade war with the other members of the G7, which is made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the UK.

"We're being taken advantage of on trade", Trump said.

Navarro said Trump "did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit". This was in response to Trump's own tweets calling Trudeau "dishonest and week" and proclaiming that the United States will not be signing the G-7 communique due to Trudeau's "false statements" and tariffs imposed on the United States.

Trump's decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, and Trudeau's promise to hit back, was the source of the conflict.

"Germany pays 1% (slowly) of GDP towards North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, while we pay 4% of a MUCH larger GDP".

"Stay calm, keep moving forward, be the adult and come back with meaningful and substantive policies at the table that makes sense to arrive at an appropriate NAFTA outcome".

Prime Minister Trudeau on the other hand, did not balk at the statements but instead remained professional and mature - which is to be expected from a leader of one of the most respected and democratic countries in the world.

Around an hour later, he returned to Twitter with a final, parting shot. "We must put the American worker first!" It was followed by the shocking words of White House Trade Adviser, Peter Navarro, who said in an interview with Fox News, "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".

At the same time, Easter said, business owners were expressing support for the Trudeau government in trying to de-escalate what has become a trade war. "Canada will not be pushed around by his circus thug bluster", said Charlie Angus of the New Democratic Party.