Trump’s calling Trudeau ‘dishonest and weak’ sparks calls for calm

11 June, 2018, 04:45 | Author: Carlos George
  • US President Donald J. Trump speaks to media as he departs the G7 summit in Charlevoix in Canada on Saturday. — EPA

U.S. President Donald Trump throws the G7's efforts to show a united front into disarray after he became angry with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and instructed his representatives NOT to endorse the summit's joint communique.

Mere hours earlier, Trudeau had announced that all G7 countries had signed the joint communique.

In her own tweet, Green Party leader Elizabeth May says Trudeau is handling what she calls Trump's outbursts and bullying as well as anyone, and that all Canadian leaders need to support the prime minister.

"When it comes to the trade deal south of border we stand shoulder to shoulder with the prime minister and our federal counterparts", Ford said as he entered the Whitney Block at Queen's Park for his first meeting with his transition team since Thursday's election landslide. Trump tweeted that Trudeau was "very dishonest & weak".

Trudeau told reporters that the statement was supported by every member, but Trump's Twitter message Saturday withdrew USA support for the communique.

"What's not in good faith is when you leave there, you fly out of there, and the host Canadian prime minister starts taking whacks at you, pot-shots at you - on the eve of this Korean summit", Kudlow said.

Trump was miffed by comments Trudeau made Saturday during a news conference.

"He really kind of stabbed us in the back", Mr Kudlow told USA media.

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Trudeau said he had reiterated to Mr. Trump, who left the G7 meeting before it ended, that tariffs would harm industries and workers on both sides of the U.S.

Some are calling it part of the "the Trump curse", how bad and embarrassing things seem to befall those critical of President Trump.

Trudeau said Canada planned to retaliate after the Trump administration announced tariffs last month that will be coming as of July 1.

At a news conference to close the summit of world leaders in Canada, Mr Trudeau said the people of his country would see the United States president's line on trade as "an insult" after a long history of cooperation between the countries.

Peter Navarro watches as President Donald Trump speaks before signing Section 232 proclamations on steel and aluminum imports in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on March 8, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

Earlier in the day, Trump had said there should be "tariff free" trade between the G-7 nations, though he did not elaborate on how or whether the United States would reduce barriers.

But Mr. Trudeau also said it was "kind of insulting" the US had imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum under the guise of national security, noting Canadians stood "shoulder to shoulder" with Americans in overseas wars.

"Canada is very clear", Freeland said.

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