Published: Mon, June 11, 2018

Canada, EU Respond To White House Advisors Who Attacked Justin Trudeau

Canada, EU Respond To White House Advisors Who Attacked Justin Trudeau

Speaking on US broadcaster Fox News, US trade adviser Peter Navarro blamed Canada for the disastrous ending to the G7 summit.

Tweeting from Singapore where he's scheduled to hold a nuclear summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Trump wrote: "Sorry, we can not let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on trade anymore".

Trump - who has a history of hair-trigger responses to slights - landed in Singapore on Sunday for the Tuesday summit meeting with Kim.

G7 includes the seven leading industrialized countries of Britain, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada.

Mr Trump's looming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un heightened tension, and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Mr Trudeau of betraying Mr Trump with "polarising" statements on trade policy that risked making the U.S. leader look weak on the eve of the historic North Korea summit.

May 25 - Trump reportedly quips to Trudeau, "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?" after Trudeau protests the USA invoking "national security" as its reason for imposing tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. He says that we are the problem with tariffs.

When Trump's tweets withdrawing support from the G7 statement hit on Saturday, the prime minister's office said Trudeau had not said anything in his closing news conference he has not said to Trump before.

While other presidents and prime ministers have had testy relations - president Richard Nixon famously used a profane word, behind closed doors, to refer to Trudeau's father Pierre Trudeau, also in the context of trade talks - neither side has demonstrated this level of animosity since John Diefenbaker feuded with John F. Kennedy in the early 1960s.

Trudeau added that he had not agreed to a new North American Free Trade Agreement with a sunset clause.

"That's what matters", he wrote.


Macron's office released a statement which said: "International co-operation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks". We will stand by them and anyone who would depart from them, once their back was turned, shows their incoherence and inconsistency.

He also said relationships with his G7 partners were a "10" before he left.

Officials from European delegations quickly leaked copies of the joint statement, and it was published online moments before Trump tweeted.

Nearly as an afterthought, Trump - now in Singapore for a summit with North Korean leader Kum Jong Un - tweeted: "Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!" "We make our commitments and keep them".

"The loss of trade through tariffs undermines competition, reduces productivity, reduces the incentive to innovate and, in the end, leaves everyone poorer".

Shaun Osborne, chief FX strategist at Scotiabank, said the market's reaction to sell the Canadian dollar following Trump's latest tweets reflect a belief that a NAFTA deal is further away now.

"The European Union is brutal to the United States".

"Look, as a guy that believes in heaven and hell, I would never use those terms ever", he told CNN's Kate Bolduan on "At This Hour" on Monday. "You know, it's like the gig is up".

"If the expectation was that a weekend in lovely Charlevoix....was going to transform the president's outlook on trade and the world, then we didn't quite reach that bar", Trudeau said.

"He followed up by asking why the United States should "allow countries to continue to make "massive trade surpluses", asserting that it is "not fair to the people of America" and that the USA is suffering under a "$800 billion trade deficit".

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