Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Canada spat escalates after tense G7, Europeans criticize Trump

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Sammy Stanley | 14 June, 2018, 05:34

The attack on a longtime ally and its leader drew sharp criticism.

The communique - which had appeared to have papered over the cracks that surfaced at the summit - said the leaders of the US, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan agreed on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism. Earlier that day, Trump also tweeted: "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

Trump pulled out of endorsing a joint communique after the G7 meet finished on Saturday with the U.S. president accusing Trudeau, the summit's chairman, of dishonesty. Among other things, she said the government should be preparing to keep pace with corporate tax cuts and tax breaks south of the border.

Trump's tweets about not signing the communique were sent while he was in travel to Singapore ahead of a planned diplomatic meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un.

Later Sunday, Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro piles on - "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".

After Trump had left the summit in Quebec he rounded on Justin Trudeau personally, suggesting the Canadian Prime Minister was "very dishonest and weak" and "acts hurt when called out".

McKenna commended Trudeau for refraining from personal attacks on the president and sticking to the substance of the trade disagreement.

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"Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay?" he wrote.

"Let me correct a mistake I made", Navarro said at a Wall Street Journal conference Tuesday, according to video provided by the newspaper's CFO Network. "Tariffs will come way down", Trump said. "Kim must not see American weakness".

The EU has "a $151 billion surplus" which it should use to fund "military", said Trump Monday, referencing what Trump believes is the US' outsized financial contribution to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Can't do it in person.

Trump's looming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un heightens tension, and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of betraying Trump with "polarizing" statements on trade policy that risked making the USA leader look weak on the eve of the historic North Korea summit.

"I'm very proud of how, not only of our government but also opposition parties and premiers, business communities and civil society have all piled in on the same side in trying to negotiate a very hard situation". From promoting democracy and to fighting terrorism, "we're on the same page".

"I know my colleagues are hearing from numerous businesses and manufacturers across the country very similar stories, that this trade dispute is probably two weeks away from affecting Canadians in a very real way", he said.

Trudeau, in Quebec City for bilateral meetings with non-G7 leaders after the summit, did not comment as he arrived.

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