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

Frederick Owens
June 12, 2018

He said he felt deceived by Trudeau's referring to USA tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum as "insulting" and threatening to impose retaliatory penalties of his own.

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

Trump, who had criticized Trudeau after the G7 meeting in Canada on the weekend, said the United States had a big trade deficit with Canada, and "a little balance" was needed.

Following his departure from the summit Saturday evening, Trump tweeted that Trudeau was "Very dishonest & weak" during the summit, drawing criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, including Arizona Republican Sen.

"PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he 'will not be pushed around, '" Trump tweeted.

Subsequently, Trump said he had instructed his representatives not to endorse a joint communique put out by the Group of Seven leaders after what he called Trudeau's "false statements" at a news conference.

In a rare show of unity, Opposition Members of Parliament are standing behind Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's promise to fight new tariffs from the United States.

"What I saw Prime Minister Trudeau say was, I thought, fairly benign and certainly didn't warrant any attack".

"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".

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"We finished the (G7) meeting and really everybody was happy".

"Not fair to the PEOPLE of America!". The tariffs came into effect on imports from Canada and the other originally exempted nations this month.

"This was very disconcerting", he said, adding: "I do not like to see that type of language being used without having a real strong basis for it". "And it won't even be tough".

And while she joined with Mr. Trudeau and other European leaders in opposing the USA decision to slap import tariffs on steel and aluminum, she urged continued dialogue.

"The United States and Canada are in a fight, obviously".

And it concludes with a direct shot at Trump, calling on the House to "reject disparaging and ad hominem statements by USA officials which do a disservice to bilateral relations and work against efforts to resolve this trade dispute".

"That was my mistake, those were my words".

But Twitter users went wild over another, much less serious issue: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's eyebrows. Tensions between the two world leaders have increased after Trump announced tariffs on steel and aluminum.

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