Trudeau's criticism will cost Canada 'a lot of money'

Frederick Owens
June 14, 2018

Heading into the leaders' summit in La Malbaie, Que., there were deep concerns the G7 alliance was fast becoming a G6 plus one because of a widening gulf between the US and the rest of the group in key areas such as climate and trade.

At a meeting in Berlin hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel, the German leader and top officials from a half-dozen worldwide organizations said in a joint statement that the "increasing protectionist tendencies provide us with a clear incentive and opportunity to express our strong support for the multilateral trading system".

"On the steel tariffs I have a couple of fairly substantial operations in my own riding that are very anxious (about the USA penalties)".

The remarks angered Trump, prompting him to tear into Trudeau as "weak" and "dishonest" in a tweet, while his aides harshly criticized the Canadian leader during appearances on the Sunday morning talk shows.

When Trump left Quebec, it was thought that a compromise had been reached, despite the tension and the determination of European leaders Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany to push back against the United States president's protectionist policies.

"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", Navarro said on "Fox News Sunday".

Trudeau, in Quebec City for bilateral meetings with non-G7 leaders after the summit, did not comment as he arrived.

Trudeau kept silence after the personal attacks.

British Prime Minister Theresa May "is fully supportive" of Trudeau and his leadership, a senior United Kingdom government source said, while European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted: "There is a special place in heaven for @JustinTrudeau".

Trump fired off a volley of tweets on Monday further venting anger at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, the European Union and Trudeau. "That's clearly what was the frustration, but no, I think that the Judgement Day that separates us from Heaven and Hell is not dependent on whether you agree with the President".

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US President Donald Trump has imposed a 25 per cent tariff on import of steel from Canada and another 15 per cent on aluminium using the "national security interest" provisions of the existing American laws.

Trudeau's office said he had not said anything in his closing G7 news conference he has not said to Trump before.

Trump continued with his tweets overnight, railing against countries that he said have trade surpluses with the United States, even as he was preparing for a crucial one-on-one summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

Canadian officials, including Trudeau, have fanned across America as part of a months-long charm offensive to appeal to pro-trade Republicans at every level.

Liberal MP and former dairy farmer Wayne Easter said there was a real sense of panic building in his P.E.I. riding over the implications of Trump's pronouncements following his departure from the G7 gathering.

Following the G7 leaders summit, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a press conference criticizing US tariffs and said that Canada "will not be pushed around". Photo taken June 8, 2018.

Trump left a weekend Group of Seven summit in Canada early, then immediately announced he was backing out of a joint communique, torpedoing what appeared to be a fragile consensus on the trade dispute between Washington and its main allies. Now there is a question mark over that.

But Trump had already said he would not hesitate to shut countries out of the U.S. market if they retaliate against his tariffs. Trump wrote on Twitter.

"He's giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States. He did a great disservice to the whole G7". "And if it's not fixed, we're not going to deal with these countries". "It is impossible to predict what Trump will do next", said a senior G7 official on the summit outcome.

"For us, it was important to have a commitment to rules-based trade", Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

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