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Justin Trudeau: We won't be pushed around by Trump

13 June 2018
Justin Trudeau: We won't be pushed around by Trump

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland responded to the White House assault by saying ad hominem attacks were not helpful, that Canada would retaliate to USA tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way and that Canada would always be willing to talk.

Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative, and Peter Navarro chat while they wait for U.S. President Donald Trump to arrive to make an announcement about new tariffs for steel and aluminum imports at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 8, 2018.

Days later, Trump said that he had left the summit at that stage and was aboard Air Force One en route to Singapore when Trudeau gave the press conference.

He also said that the North American Free Trade Agreement could either be renegotiated, split up into separate trade deals, or the USA could pull out entirely.

The Trump administration imposed aluminum and steel tariffs on the other G-7 members - the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Canada and Japan - ratcheting up tensions between the USA and its allies in the run-up to the summit.

Earlier on Tuesday at the Washington conference, White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett said the United States and Canada need to "take a deep breath".

Earlier today, Trudeau cheered Trump's bid to broker a deal to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons, but he stayed mum on the US administration's persistent trash talk.

The U.S condemnation stems from Trudeau's assertion that Canadians "are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", a point he had made several times before.

However, he plans on cutting his trip short to fly to Singapore for his upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump made the remarks before he departed Charlevoix, Canada, after meeting with world leaders.

French language daily Le Journal de Montreal said Mr Trudeau "became the scapegoat of Donald Trump and his advisers".

"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries", Trump wrote on Twitter early Friday morning. It came in sharp contrast to a roar of disapproval among Canadian politicians, who banded together across party lines to denounce Trump's attack and praise the bilateral and trading relationship between the two neighbors.

"There are always irritants in relationships", Pompeo said, adding that without partners like Canada, "we wouldn't be in this place, we wouldn't have this diplomatic opportunity" with the North.

The Americans' criticism of Trudeau left a former Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, stumped.

"He was polarizing", Kudlow said on CNN. "The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the president".