Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Trump's top economic adviser accuses Trudeau of backstabbing after G7

Trump's top economic adviser accuses Trudeau of backstabbing after G7

The other six G7 nations reiterated their support for the Paris agreement on climate change and acknowledged they would have to continue their fight without the U.S.

On June 1, the United States imposed a 25 per cent tariff for steel and 10 per cent for aluminium on imports from the European Union (EU), Canada, and Mexico.

Asked about Trump's tweets and the future of the G7 late Saturday during a photo op in La Malbaie, Trudeau declined to respond to several questions.

President Donald Trump heaped unprecedented insults on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday, bringing U.S.

The two-day summit in Canada has been marred by a tit-for-tat exchanges of hostile tweets, with USA trading partners furious over Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda.

The release of the picture caused animated commentary around the world about body language and what it might say about relations between the U.S. and its allies in the Trump era.

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Charest said if he does follow through on autos, it "will be a catastrophe", citing that 22 per cent of the cars sold in the US past year were exported from Canada. "He should pull back on his statements and wish President Trump well in the Korea negotiations". "We make commitments and keep them", the presidency said, adding that "France and Europe maintain their support for this statement".

"That's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference".

But Mr. Trudeau also said it was "kind of insulting" the US had imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum under the guise of national security, noting Canadians stood "shoulder to shoulder" with Americans in overseas wars.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said, as quoted by the Washington Post.

"So he holds a press conference - the president is barely out of there on the plane to North Korea, and he starts insulting us, he starts talking about the U.S.is insulting Canada", Kudlow said.

Trudeau later said he reiterated to Trump that tariffs will harm industries and workers on both sides of the US-Canada border.

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Peter Navarro said on "Fox News Sunday" that's what Trudeau did to Trump at the end of the Group of Seven nations meeting in Canada over the weekend.

The measure hits European Union trading partners even though the main target is overcapacity at state-backed Chinese producers, who Europe and the USA have long complained have flooded markets with cheap steel.

He described all seven leaders coming together to sign the joint declaration despite having "some strong, firm conversations on trade, and specifically on American tariffs".

"If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", Trump told reporters in a short but stern remark. Earlier this week, Merkel said the group is defined by its members' respect of global law, and Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea was a "flagrant breach" of that.

He said Trump had done Trudeau the "courtesy" of traveling to the summit when "he had other things, bigger things on his plate", referring to Trump's June 12 summit with North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un.

The document said the countries underlined the "crucial role" of a rules-based worldwide trading system and the need to continue to fight protectionism.

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