Trade War: Merkel Threatens US Over Trump Tariffs - Leah Barkoukis

Geraldine Edwards
June 13, 2018

Trump promised to be looking into tariffs on foreign automobiles in turn.

"Fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not reciprocal", said Trump, who flew from Canada to Singapore on Sunday to prepare for the first-ever summit between a USA and North Korean leader.

Trudeau, in Quebec City for bilateral meetings with non-G-7 leaders after the summit, did not comment as he arrived.

President Trump went on with his advisers and attacked Prime minister Justin Trudeau by using words like "betrayal" and "stab".

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Ms. May ducked Mr. Corbyn's question and when later asked by Conservative MP Crispin Blunt: "Trudeau or Trump?", she smiled and replied: "I'm not sure what activity he's asking me to undertake with either of them".

Earlier, the White House escalated the initial tirade and leveled more withering and unprecedented criticism against Trudeau, branding him a back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time.

And on Twitter, the hashtag #ThanksCanada was trending with Americans thanking their neighbours to the north for everything from Nanaimo bars to hockey to caring for airline passengers during 9/11.

Kudlow suggested that Trump might have been deploying extra bravado to demonstrate strength before his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

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Prime Minister Trudeau on the other hand, did not balk at the statements but instead remained professional and mature - which is to be expected from a leader of one of the most respected and democratic countries in the world.

Mulroney's role as a former prime minister advising an opposing party is unique to him throughout Canada's history and is indicative of the alignment between the two main federal parties over the trade file. "And in fact the picture with Angela Merkel, who I get along with very well, where I'm sitting there like this. we're waiting for the document because I wanted to see the final document as changed. Not fair to the PEOPLE of America!" Freeland later told reporters that "we don't think that's a useful or productive way to do business". And what did Trudeau do as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace?

Things got worse for trade between the US and Canada as our neighbors to the north announced retaliatory tariffs in response to the Trump administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and other USA allies. "They surely can not be that upset about what the prime minister said", according to a second Canadian official. "Chief among them are Canada's extraordinarily high tariffs on American dairy products".

Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, lashed out at Trudeau as "amateurish" and "sophomoric".

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At a rare solo news conference before heading to Asia, Trump said he pressed for the G-7 countries to eliminate all tariffs, trade barriers and subsidies in their trading practices.

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