Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
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Canada condemns U.S. attack on Trudeau, country simmers

Canada condemns U.S. attack on Trudeau, country simmers

"The U.S. pays close to the entire cost of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on trade (they pay only a fraction of the cost - and laugh!)", he tweeted.

The president cites national security for imposing a 25 percent tariff on Canadian steel, and 10 percent on aluminum.

In view of threatened United States tariffs on auto imports, which would particularly affect Germany, Grenell said that he was a "big vehicle fan" and knew how important the industry was.

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a volley of tweets on Monday venting anger on some of Washington's closest North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over the United State's trade deficit, following a divisive G7 meeting in Canada.

Trump continued tweeting Sunday evening about Trudeau, accusing Canada of making $100 billion in trade with the U.S.

And Roland Paris, a former foreign policy adviser to Trudeau, jabbed at Trump on Twitter: "Big tough guy once he's back on his airplane".

"I know it didn't look friendly", Trump said. "Canada will not be pushed around by his circus thug bluster", said Charlie Angus of the New Democratic Party. President Donald Trump: "Just my touch, my feel".

Later during the show, Smith further said Trump's latest attitude towards Trudeau isn't a new thing and he has "been kicking allies in the teeth his whole presidency".


But even he was nonplussed by Trump's line of attack. Merkel also said the European Union would "act" against the USA trade measures.

Behind his claim lies a difference in how the countries' calculate the trade figures.

Describing the United States tariffs on European steel and aluminium as "unjustified", she left no doubt that EU nations would impose counter-measures on USA goods in response but cautioned against tit-for-tat retaliation which might lead to a trade war.

The G7 is made up of seven nations: Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy. So far in 2018, Canada is also the top export destination for USA goods, with over $98 billion worth of goods going over the border.

"According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with U.S. (guess they were bragging and got caught!)".

Two Trump advisers have used television interviews to attack Trudeau following the summit. "Least of all from subordinates of the president directed at the prime minister of their greatest friend and ally", he said.

The Canadian tariffs target $264 million in Minnesota products headed to Canada, adding $35 million to the cost of exports.

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