Published: Thu, June 14, 2018

Donald Trump Has a Go at Allies After Discordant G7 Summit

Donald Trump Has a Go at Allies After Discordant G7 Summit

President Trump's hardline trade adviser Peter Navarro on Tuesday backed off from his over-the-top attack on Justin Trudeau, in which he said there was "a special place in hell" for the Canadian PM for daring to criticize the president's policies.

Navarro said at a Wall Street Journal event that the heated comments he made Sunday were "inappropriate" and a "mistake," according to several news outlets.

"I have a good relationship with Justin Trudeau, I really did - other than he had a news conference that he had because he assumed I was in an airplane and I wasn't watching", the president said.

Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative, and Peter Navarro chat while they wait for U.S. President Donald Trump to arrive to make an announcement about new tariffs for steel and aluminum imports at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 8, 2018.

In return, Trump accused Trudeau of being "weak and dishonest" and instructed USA representatives not to endorse the G7 joint communique.

Later Wednesday evening during a major foreign policy speech, Canada's top diplomat broadened her focus with a sweeping defence of something Trump has little time for - the worldwide rules-based system that the US led in creating after the Second World War. President Trump withdrew from the communique in a fit of rage on Saturday.

There was nothing new in what Trudeau said, having previously stated that Canada was "insulted" Trump said metal tariffs were necessary for national security reasons. The Trudeau government has proposed a $16.6-billion tariff package, in retaliation for the Trump administration's decision to impose 25 per cent import duties on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum.

Trudeau said the Liberal government looks forward to the details of the agreement that emerged from Monday's historic meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

He also asked why he should allow countries to amass "Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay?" Yesterday Ford said he stands "shoulder to shoulder" with the Liberal prime minister because Ontario jobs are at stake.

On Tuesday, Mr Trump kept up the attack on Mr Trudeau.

Someone may want to remind Trump that Mexico and Canada are part of NAFTA...

"That co-operation to reduce costs, find efficiencies and open up trading within our own region will benefit not just small and medium enterprises, but the region overall", Bell said.

And it concludes with a direct shot at Trump, calling on the House to "reject disparaging and ad hominem statements by US officials which do a disservice to bilateral relations and work against efforts to resolve this trade dispute". "But if history tells us one thing, it's that no one nation's preeminence is eternal", she said. "No one will win, we should definitely put up a fight for the parachute". "The wounds will heal, but the question [is] how does the relationship get impacted?"

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