Canadian lawmakers condemn US attack on Trudeau

Leroy Wright
June 13, 2018

That was the message Tuesday as U.S. President Donald Trump continued to take personal shots at Justin Trudeau, blasted Canada's dairy industry and threatened to make Canadians pay for the prime minister's alleged effrontery.

"Let me correct a mistake I made", Mr Navarro said at a Wall Street Journal conference.

Unbowed, Trump tweeted anew Monday morning from Singapore, repeating his criticism of USA trade policies with Canada - he also took aim at Germany - in a multitweet rant that went beyond 200 words all told.

Mr Kudlow accused the Canadian PM of betraying Mr Trump with "polarising" statements on trade policy that risked making the USA leader look weak ahead of a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

President Trump is lashing out at Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over trade issues. Trump tweeted on Saturday.

Navarro also said Trudeau is "weak and dishonest".

Freeland touted Canada's retaliatory measures several times as she referred to Trump's tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum as "illegal and unjustified" and disavowed "ad hominem attacks".

Speaking to CNN today, Trump adviser Larry Kudlow says he personally negotiated with Trudeau during the two-day G7 summit in Quebec's Charlevoix region and insists the USA agreed to the language in the communique in good faith.

Trump launched a series of attacks at Trudeau this weekend as he departed a meeting of the Group of Seven (G-7) industrialized nations in Canada.

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The Canadian leader did not directly respond to Navarro's comments, but Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland called the remarks not "particularly appropriate or useful" later Sunday.

Navarro, for his part, suggested that he was following orders - but made a poor choice of words in doing so. "He learned", Mr Trump said, wagging his finger.

Mr Trump's threat continues the war of words between the two world leaders.

"He really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow said, echoing Navarro. "It is a mistake that will cost him a lot of money", said trump.

The U.S. tariffs on Canadian imports of steel and aluminum have been set at 10% for aluminium and 25% for steel.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference after his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.

"There are always irritants in relationships", Pompeo said, adding that without partners like Canada, "we wouldn't be in this place, we wouldn't have this diplomatic opportunity" with the North.

The communique said the leaders of the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan agreed on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism.

The trade adviser's remarks also drew criticism from some United States lawmakers and foreign allies.

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