Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Trudeau on Trump: we support North Korea efforts, won't engage on comments

Jesco Denzel via Associated Press Jesco Denzel via Associated Press
Sammy Stanley | 12 June, 2018, 19:03

After the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, Trump recounted his recent tough exchanges with Trudeau - most specifically the USA president's Twitter tirade against Trudeau, whom he has called "dishonest" and "weak".

Following his departure from the summit Saturday evening, Trump tweeted that Trudeau was "Very dishonest & weak" during the summit, drawing criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, including Arizona Republican Sen.

Trudeau, who had said at the news conference that Canada would retaliate for new US tariffs, didn't respond to questions about Trump when the prime minister arrived at a Quebec City hotel Sunday for meetings with other world leaders.

Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was trying to calm the trade waters roiled by a dispute between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following the G7 summit, comparing the tempest to a "serious summer squall".

Trump said it "didn't look friendly" but it was "very friendly".

Trudeau said at the press conference that Canada would not be "pushed around" by the United States.

According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the USA had an $8.4 billion trade surplus with Canada, but a $17.5 billion trade deficit if services were excluded.

Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen says her party is united with the Liberals when it comes to defending Canada's trade interests.

"There had to be an agreement someplace that the president clearly felt other members had clearly violated, or at least the prime minister had violated", Rounds said.

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The rules initally passed under President Obama , but the FCC under the Trump Administration discarded the rule in December. Last week, Senate Democrats urged House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, to bring the issue to a vote on the House floor.

"We are being taken advantage of by virtually every one of those countries", Trump told a news conference on Tuesday.

The spat has also drawn in Germany and France, who sharply criticised Mr Trump's decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a G7 communique hammered out at a Canadian summit, accusing him of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.

Trump took time at his news conference to explain a photo that went viral from the G7 summit. "I don't know what it might be, but the message that the president sent was so strong to one of our allies that I really don't understand why they would do that unless he truly felt that there had been a violation of trust". We just shook hands.

The other countries at the G-7 summit, however, rallied to Mr. Trudeau's support.

The summit was seen as an opportunity to overcome disagreements on new tariffs imposed by the USA on imports. Trudeau pulled a "sophomoric political stunt for domestic consumption" that amounted to "a betrayal", said Kudlow, who appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" and CBS' "Face the Nation".

"According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with United States (guess they were bragging and got caught!)".

"The U.S. pays close to the entire cost of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on trade (they pay only a fraction of the cost - and laugh!)", he tweeted.

"We are convinced that a modernisation is perfectly possible, we are convinced that common sense will triumph", she said.

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