Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Timeline of Donald Trump's war of words (and trade) with Justin Trudeau

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Jeannette Daniel | 12 June, 2018, 02:46

Trump announced on Twitter he had made the decision following comments from Trudeau that Canada would move ahead with imposing retaliatory measures on the USA in response to newly imposed tariffs imposed by the United States on aluminum and steel.

Canada-U.S. relations seem to have reached their lowest point in more than a generation after Trump tweeted Saturday that he was withdrawing support from a G7 joint communique, while complaining he had been blindsided by Trudeau's criticism of U.S. tariffs at a closing news conference.

MPs of all political stripes unanimously adopted a motion to that effect proposed by New Democrat MP Tracey Ramsey even as Trump continued to rail against what he described as unfair trade policies of Canada and other traditional USA allies. It makes little sense that these preexisting charges on US exports would contribute to the president's sudden reversal.

He said the European Union "should pay much more for Military!"

Such statements are not objectively true or false, but they appear to be what triggered Trump's outburst.

Their imposition would provoke immediate retaliatory moves by Canada but the government knows that even this might not deter a president who former Central Intelligence Agency director Michael Hayden said Sunday is "unstable, erratic and thin-skinned".

"We can have disagreements but we don't have to be disagreeable", Heyman said. "Canada will not be pushed around by his circus thug bluster", said Charlie Angus of the New Democratic Party.

The purely symbolic vote of solidarity came a day after White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said: "There is a special place in hell" for Trudeau for his "bad faith diplomacy" with Trump, as a dispute over trade escalated. The source did not say Trump explicitly said he wanted all German-made cars out of the US.

So there you have it. Justin Trudeau's eyebrows are just fine, thanks.

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A furious Trump is calling Trudeau "dishonest and weak".

The accusation of backstabbing does not comport with Trudeau's overall message, which was mild and echoed some of his previous statements.

After Trump left the event, he launched a scathing attack on Canada's tariffs, while Trudeau called the US president's steel and aluminum imports tax "kind of insulting", and insisted that Canadians "will not be pushed around" when it comes to further talks. "The only people capable of persuading Trump to stop this are in the United States, but they have not hit anything like top gear", said one person close to the matter.

US President Donald Trump was accused of "destroying trust" between world leaders in matter of "seconds" after he backed out of the G7 agreement via two angry tweets. According to Trudeau, he told the president that Canadians may be polite and reasonable but they will not be pushed around and that his nation doesn't "relish" putting tariffs on US goods and services but is willing to do so. "The president is barely out of there, on the plane to North Korea, and he starts insulting us. Well, the in-factual, the non-factual part of this was they have enormous tariffs", Kudlow said.

TAPPER: So, because Trudeau said that as Trump was going to Singapore. "One thing leads to another".

"Certainly having officials in one government criticize the head of government in another country, I don't think I've ever seen that before", he said.

KUDLOW: They are all related.

The prime minister said although retaliation "is not something I relish doing", he would not hesitate to do so because "I will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests". We did our work.

The venom of the exchange sent shockwaves through foreign policy circles and rattled markets, as another sign of the weakness of the Western alliance and of the threat NAFTA will collapse.

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