Former PM Mulroney predicts Trump rage at Justin Trudeau a passing storm

Leroy Wright
June 12, 2018

Republican lawmakers had mixed reactions to President Donald Trump and top White House aides lashing out at America's closest allies - in particular, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - after last week's G-7 summit in Quebec.

The G7 summit came after the Trump administration decided last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico, which has drawn strong opposition from US business community and quick retaliation from major USA trading partners.

President Donald Trump talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a G-7 Summit welcome ceremony, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Charlevoix, Canada.

The prime minister has kept a low profile since Trump called him "very dishonest and weak" and withdrew support for a Group of Seven communique reached at the summit Trudeau hosted in Quebec on Saturday.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed retaliatory action next month over U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium.

Freeland reiterated that Canada would retaliate to United States tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way, adding the country would always be willing to talk.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow explained on CBS' Face the Nation that Trudeau's comments had inspired Trump's fury.

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. "Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%", he wrote in the first of five tweets relating to the weekend's summit.

The United States has imposed 25 per cent tariffs on steel from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, and 10 per cent tariffs on aluminum.

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Since Trump's election in 2016, Trudeau has tried to take a conciliatory approach to the populist Republican president and has been careful never to run him down in public.

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

And it concludes with a direct shot at Trump, calling on the House to "reject disparaging and ad hominem statements by US officials which do a disservice to bilateral relations and work against efforts to resolve this trade dispute". In the prime minister's absence the House unanimously adopted a motion to stand against USA tariffs and tirades.

While there was "common ground" in some areas, she said she was "deeply disappointed" by USA trade policies.

"He really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow said.

Trump's actions deepened the divide between the United States and its allies, and European leaders Sunday expressed shock and resignation at this latest sign that the president is eager to defy diplomatic norms and blow up trade relationships that have been strong for decades. Freeland later told reporters that "we don't think that's a useful or productive way to do business".

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland first announced "dollar-for-dollar tariffs" against the US on May 31.

Following the remarks by Kudlow and Navarro, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is far less confrontational in an effort, perhaps, to dial things down - "In terms of the approach that governments choose to take, Canada does not believe that ad-hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries".

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