Trudeau criticism will cost Canada ‘a lot of money’

Frederick Owens
June 13, 2018

US President Donald Trump fired off a volley of tweets yesterday venting anger on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, the European Union (EU) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the wake of a divisive Group of Seven (G-7) meeting over the weekend.

Bruce Heyman, the former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, on Monday slammed Donald Trump's treatment of Justin Trudeau, and Canada in general, demanding the president apologize for his surrogate's claim there's a "special place in hell" for people like the Canadian prime minister. "I mean the problem is that we're dealing with a schoolyard bully and his henchmen", he said.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said Saturday as the gathering concluded after Trump had left early for the Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un.

United States president Donald Trump retracted the previously agreed upon joint communique endorsing a rule-based trade system, at the very end of the G7 summit last week, accusing the group of seven nations of imposing "massive tariffs" on the US.

Trump fired off a volley of tweets on Monday further venting anger at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, the European Union and Trudeau.

"He'll learn that's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada".

"On his comments, I'm going to stay focused on defending jobs for Canadians and supporting Canadian industries", Mr Trudeau said before walking away from reporters.

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"I see the television and he's giving a news conference about how he "will not be pushed around" by the United States".

"Let me correct a mistake I made", White House economic advisor Peter Navarro was quoted as saying at a Washington event organized by The Wall Street Journal. "And that comes right from Air Force One". Trudeau's comments centered around Trump's lack of understanding when it comes to worldwide trade. At that post-G7 press conference on Saturday, Trudeau had called USA steel and aluminum tariffs "insulting" and said he would proceed with retaliatory tariffs that he'd already announced.

In a statement Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said: "I want to pay a particular tribute to Prime Minister Trudeau for his leadership and skillful chairing".

Now that the Singapore summit has concluded, perhaps the White House will walk back most of the venom aimed at Trudeau.

They were also thankful for the trade we do with the USA, our military aid, the underground railroad, the refugee program, our inclusivity and, of course, hockey and Tim Hortons.

"If the USA decides to apply new tariffs, Canada will be ready", the official said. "I've had a good relationship with Justin".

One photo in particular shows Trudeau trying to engage with a sullen Trump.

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