Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Senators seek to soothe US relationship with Canada

Senators seek to soothe US relationship with Canada

Members of Trump's inner circle continued the attacks, with both chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow - who said that Trudeau had "stabbed us in the back" - and Peter Navarro, Trump's trade adviser, directing a series of stinging comments at the Canadian leader.

Speaking at the Wall Street Journal CFO Network annual meeting in Washington, Navarro said he used language that was "inappropriate".

The admission was a rare act of contrition from the Trump White House, where public apologies are few.

The President ripped Trudeau on twitter over his "false statements" to the press; adding that he instructed his administration "not to endorse" a joint statement from the G7 countries following the contentious summit.

"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around", he said.

Trudeau, at a press conference at the end of the summit, had announced that Canada's retaliatory tariffs against the USA would go into effect July 1.

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At a press conference Saturday, Trudeau recommitted to imposing retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods in response to Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs.

Trudeau had simply reiterated Canada's stated plan of imposing retaliatory dollar-for-dollar tariffs in response to the new American tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. You said that that came from Air Force One.

"I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words", he said.

US President Donald Trump yesterday kept up his feud with America's closest allies over trade. "Kim must not see American weakness".

The U.S. has been negotiating a new NAFTA agreement with Canada and Mexico since previous year, but recent tensions over trade tariffs have interfered in NAFTA talks. Giving Justin Trudeau a rhetorical wedgie has the opposite effect and sends the exact opposite message.

Trudeau struck a steady-as-he-goes pose after Trump's latest dig, telling reporters, "I'm going to stay focused on defending jobs for Canadians and supporting Canadian interests".

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MacLauchlan said he supported the Prime Minister's retaliatory tariffs in response to USA tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum and called on opposition parties to join him in expressing support for the federal government.

Canada and the USA appear to be at an impasse over Trump's insistence on a five-year sunset clause, something Trudeau himself said this past weekend was a non-starter. Trump reportedly pointed to specific trade deficits, particularly in the trade of goods, as evidence that the other leaders were taking advantage of the US.

"That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada; he learned", Trump said wagging his finger.

Kudlow later suffered a "very mild" heart attack, the White House said Monday, but was in good condition.

Warner said that Trump's behavior undermined US leadership and spited allies that Washington is deeply reliant on.

"The section 232 action, which is, let me remind people, a national security consideration, is frankly absurd", she told Senators.

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