Published: Thu, June 14, 2018

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

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

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. But he acknowledges that Trump might not realize he's jeopardizing U.S.jobs by triggering a series of tariffs and counter-tariffs with Canada.

In an extraordinary interview with CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, Larry Kudlow, who was present for negotiations at the G7 summit in Quebec over the weekend, said Trudeau had instigated "a betrayal" and was "essentially double-crossing President Trump".

Kudlow was particularly offended that Trudeau would say this ahead of Trump's North Korean summit.

President Donald Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro expressed regret Tuesday for having said there is "a special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Shortly after the summit ended on Saturday, Mr Trump used Twitter to announce that he was ordering officials not to endorse the G7 communique agreed hours earlier by the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.

The back-and-forth between Trump and Trudeau highlights the growing tensions between the United States and some the country's closest allies.

"So long as the USA government persists on its present course where the instinct is to undo anything that is already there", said Sebastian Mallaby, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, in a phone call with reporters ahead of the weekend summit.

Hours after Mr Trump withdrew his support for the joint statement and attacked Mr Trudeau, Mr Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close U.S. ally and neighbour.


"Fair trade is now to be called fool trade", he added in response to the threat of the retaliatory tariffs against the US.

Kudlow said the president won't "let a Canadian prime minister push him around".

We have very little use for Trudeau, that avatar of chic progressivism, or for Trump's other foil, Angela Merkel, the very embodiment of the short-sighted and high-handed European establishment.

On board Air Force One, an AFP reporter was told that Trump had approved the agreement, only to be told later of the tweets.

But Trump had already said he would not hesitate to shut countries out of the U.S. market if they retaliate against his tariffs. The European Union also attends.

Canada in particular has been outraged by Trump's tariffs, taking umbrage at the argument that they were motivated by national security concerns.

The Trump-Trudeau scuffle represents a pivot away from the once-friendly relationship between the two leaders.

While trade is expected to dominate, Trudeau also wants to focus on gender equality and climate change.

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