Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Justin Trudeau: We won't be pushed around by Trump

Justin Trudeau: We won't be pushed around by Trump

The remarks, following a two-day meeting in Canada with the world's largest industrialized economies, seemingly worsened diplomacy between the USA and its closest allies during heightened tensions about US tariffs on aluminum and steel.

Lashing out at the longtime US ally and northern neighbour, President Donald Trump tweeted that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is "dishonest & weak" and that the USA was pulling back its endorsement of the G-7 summit's communique in part because of what he called Trudeau's "false statements" at a news conference.

The G7 summit ended in farce on Saturday as US President Donald Trump abruptly rejected the text of a consensus statement and bitterly insulted the Canadian host.

"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will not be pushed around", Trudeau told reporters on Saturday.

Trump fired back at Trudeau's comments in a tweet later Saturday that called the Canadian leader "meek and mild" during the meeting of allies.

As tweeted by Trump: "based on Justin Trudeau's false statements at his news conference and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to the USA farmers, workers and companies", the United States president has instructed representatives, officials and lawmakers in the U.S. not to endorse the final G7 communique. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!"

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"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", the post-summit statement by the G7 leaders, which was released about an hour before Trump's fresh rant, read.

The government announced it would impose more than $16.6-billion in retaliatory tariffs, effective July 1, on a variety of USA goods.

Trump told reporters that he had demanded for "fair and reciprocal" trade practices and proposed to eliminate all trade barriers at the G7 summit.

"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door", Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro said in an interview nationally broadcast in the United States.

Trudeau said the communique has "strong commitments about the actions we are going to take". On Friday morning, he appeared in no hurry to leave for Canada, walking out of the White House more than half an hour late and answering questions from reporters for almost 20 minutes.

Trump left the summit early headed for his meeting with the leader of North Korea on Tuesday. What was strong is the language that this can not go on. But he warned he could cut off US trade entirely with countries that kept current rules in place, arguing they had taken advantage of previous administrations to take advantage of the United States.

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Trump announced tariffs late last month in efforts to balance out what he has deemed to be unfair trade arrangements with various countries. Instead, he emphasized the need for other countries to reduce their barriers against the United States, such as Canadian duties on USA dairy. While sending their product into our country tax-free. "We have put up with Trade Abuse for many decades - and that is long enough".

Trump says he will not sign the accords being drawn up at the G7 meeting out of protest. Canadians, he said, "will not be pushed around".

Representing a state suffering especially hard from farm failures and suicides, the US Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, recently echoed his Republican president in blaming Canada for the debacle. The EU trade surplus with the U.S.is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out.

But two sources with direct knowledge of the situation told CBC News that Canada has heard this kind of positive rhetoric from Trump before - without seeing results at the NAFTA negotiating table. "Very dishonest and weak", Trump said.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the agreement would be a good first step and represented the G7 nations' desire to stabilize the situation.

"Day two of the G7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions. He's my friend, we have had a great relationship from the very beginning". "The constant victim-talk doesn't help anyone".

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