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Trump told Macron EU worse than China on trade "Fair trade now fool trade", Trump vents anger on NATO allies, Trudeau
Elsie Buchanan | 13 June, 2018, 00:17

The U.S. had granted some allies including Canada temporary exemption from import tariffs on steel and aluminum.

President Donald Trump went on a Twitterstorm after his arrival in Singapore bashing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, kvetching about how much the United States pays towards North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and calling out Germany for not paying its fair share.

Trump blew apart a G7 summit in Canada over the weekend, blasting Trudeau as "very dishonest and weak" and raising the prospect of tariffs against auto imports, a move that would imperil the Canadian economy.

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

Trump called Trudeau "very dishonest and weak" on Twitter on Saturday and then sent Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro to hammer the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close USA ally and neighbor. Trudeau called new USA tariffs "illegitimate and unacceptable" and said Canadians "will not be pushed around".

Mr. Trump wrote (below).

By any reasonable measure, the administration's actions were part of a complete scorched-earth approach that was unbalanced and irrational and will only worsen an already frayed relationship with Canada.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow also said Sunday that Trudeau "really kind of stabbed us in the back".

Canada and European countries condemned the United States for its "insulting" tariffs, and the latter in response refuted Canada's "false statements", following the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Quebec, Canada.

Describing the U.S. tariffs on European steel and aluminium as "unjustified", she left no doubt that EU nations would impose counter-measures on USA goods in response but cautioned against tit-for-tat retaliation which might lead to a trade war.

Justin Trudeau Criticizes Trump, Says Canadians 'Will Not Be Pushed Around'
Trump has long argued that the U.S. is trapped in a number of trade deals that put the country at a competitive disadvantage. Kudlow, in a separate TV appearance, said Trudeau was "polarizing" and "really kind of stabbed us in the back".


Kudlow, the White House National Economic Council director, appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," described Trudeau's remarks as a "sophomoric play".

Guy Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister who as an MEP now co-ordinates Brexit talks for the European Parliament, mocked Mr Trump's temper and supposed closeness to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a series of tweets.

During a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's eyebrow seems to have slid down his face.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of betraying Trump with "polarizing" statements on trade policy that risked making the USA leader look weak ahead of a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "He really kinda stabbed us in the back", top U.S. economic advisor Larry Kudlow said of Trudeau on CNN. During the press conference, Trudeau called the meeting a success but pledged to retaliate against American tariffs.

He arrived from the G7 meeting in Canada over the weekend where the U.S. and Canada are embroiled in trade and diplomatic spat after Trump made a decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a Group of Seven communique.

Unbowed, Mr Trump tweeted anew on Monday morning from Singapore: "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

"(Canada and the U.S.) have a great relationship and we've had it for 150 years and I think we'll have ups and downs like this", he said.

"As an American, I hate this", Bruce Heyman, who was US ambassador to Canada from 2014 to 2017, told CBC's On the Money.

The Trudeau government has announced it will impose dollar-for-dollar, retaliatory tariffs on metals and a range of other USA products by July 1.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke against the United States over its tariffs on steel and aluminum on Friday during the summit.

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