Canada's opposition parties rally around Trudeau in dispute with Trump

Frederick Owens
June 12, 2018

Trudeau, who had said at the news conference that Canada would retaliate for new USA tariffs, didn't respond to questions about Trump when the prime minister arrived at a Quebec City hotel Sunday for meetings with other world leaders.

Trump didn't stop there he took things on next level by bashing Justin Trudeau directly via tweets.

The White House today launched a blistering attack on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accusing him of betrayal for his actions during the recently-concluded G-7 summit in Quebec City.

Trump, as well as some of his aides, went on the attack this past weekend against the Prime Minister, throwing heavy insults at him after he refused to submit to the President's contentious tariff demands - mainly on steel and aluminum.

"They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table".

That comment has Trump squarely offside with this fellow G7 leaders, including Canada, who view Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its meddling in western elections as a major global security concern.

David Akin wonders if Canada and its G7 allies can trust the U.S.?

"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump", Navarro insisted.

"They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table".

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French President Emmanuel Macron warned Trump in a rare rebuke on Thursday that the other six members of the G7 could form their own grouping if necessary, adding that "no leader was forever".

"We will always stand up for Canadian workers, their jobs & their livelihoods", he said.

Trump's twitter fingers continued their tirade on Monday, when he threw low-key shade by calling Canada "enemies".

On Sunday's CNN's "State of the Union", Kudlow called Trudeau's criticism of us tariffs "non-factual", adding that Canada had "enormous tariffs" on USA imports.

Trump was scheduled to leave the G7 meeting early on Saturday, to prepare for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday.

The former Conservative prime minister said that while he believes the dispute is serious, that doesn't make it "lethal".

The prime minister has kept a low profile since Trump called him "very dishonest and weak" and withdrew support for a Group of Seven communique reached at the summit Trudeau hosted in Quebec on Saturday.

"[Trudeau] really kind of stabbed us in the back", Mr Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council who had accompanied Mr Trump to the G7 summit said on Monday morning on CNN. "Well, the in-factual, the non-factual part of this was they have enormous tariffs", Kudlow said. That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did. "We joined the communique in good faith", Kudlow said.

He is urging USA officials to focus on unfair trade practices, like steel dumping by China.

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