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Trade dispute has Canadian MPs standing together against US President Donald Trump

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Jeannette Daniel | 14 June, 2018, 01:46

At a news conference after his meeting with Kim, the president said the Canadian leader must not have realized that Trump had televisions on Air Force One, allowing him to monitor Trudeau's news conference at the end of the G-7 summit.

During an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Trump recounted seeing Trudeau's statement following the G7 summit in Quebec, Canada, during which the prime minister promised to fight back against the US's trade restrictions.

The United States has alienated Canada and other allies by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, arguing that they pose a threat to US national security.

In an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," Kudlow argued that Trudeau's critique amounted to a betrayal of the G7, as well as the U.S. He also attacked Trudeau's character, calling the Liberal Party leader meek, weak and dishonest.

His tweet, shortly after leaving Charlevoix in Quebec, came in response to what he claimed were "false statements" by the summit host, Canadian premier Justin Trudeau.

The Post wrote that Canada "has every right to be insulted".

"Fair trade is now to be called fool trade", he added in response to the threat of the retaliatory tariffs against the US.

"On his comments, I'm going to stay focused on defending jobs for Canadians and supporting Canadian interests", Trudeau said before walking away from reporters.

As Trump heads to Canada for this week's meeting of the G7 Group of Nations, the general consensus is that this is more like a G6 plus one- with the U.S. under Trump the odd country out.

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Kudlow said the president won't "let a Canadian prime minister push him around".

The back-and-forth between Trump and Trudeau highlights the growing tensions between the U.S. and some the country's closest allies.

We have very little use for Trudeau, that avatar of chic progressivism, or for Trump's other foil, Angela Merkel, the very embodiment of the short-sighted and high-handed European establishment.

While making no direct criticism of Mr Trump, Mrs May acknowledged that the summit had been "difficult" and told MPs she had expressed her "deep disappointment" at the "unjustified" imposition of tariffs on American imports of European steel and aluminium.

The European Union responded to the attack on Sunday evening, with European Council President Donald Tusk tweeting that Trudeau deserved a "special place in heaven" for organizing the G-7 summit.

Speaking to Fox News, Kudlow said: "He is very seriously contemplating kind of a shift in the NAFTA negotiations". "And if it's not fixed, we're not going to deal with these countries".

While trade is expected to dominate, Trudeau also wants to focus on gender equality and climate change.

The president recently imposed sweeping tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, fulfilling a campaign promise.

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