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Trump doubles down on criticism of EU, Canada

11 June 2018
Trump doubles down on criticism of EU, Canada

The U.S. president seems to be alluding to a discordance between Justin Trudeau overall temperament during the meeting and his stance on U.S. Tariffs between the neighbouring countries.

She said that the European countries will not be "taken advantage of" in terms of trade and that they would "act" against the USA trade measures, which are considered as going against the World Trade Organization's rules.

Noting the USA imposition of tariffs was officially stated as a national security consideration, Freeland said: "We are very clear that Canada does not pose a national security threat to the United States".

He said the move was based on Mr Trudeau's "false statements. and the fact that Canada is charging massive tariffs to our USA farmers, workers and companies". "$800 billion trade deficit", he said.

"We commit to modernize the WTO to make it more fair as soon as possible". Canada does indeed impose a 270% tariff on dairy that has kept many USA dairy products from making their way from the Canada.

US President Donald Trump - now in Singapore - continued his personal tweeting attack against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with the assertion that "Justin acts hurt when called out!".

"Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks ... and we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes from a close ally", Ms Freeland told reporters in Quebec City on Sunday.

The communique was supposed to illustrate shared ground between the US, Germany, the UK, Canada, France, Italy and Japan following Mr Trump's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

It follows a chaotic G7 summit in Quebec at the weekend, when United States president Donald Trump withdrew his endorsement of a joint communique, accusing Mr Trudeau of being "dishonest and weak". He said that Canada has to stand up for itself.

Mr Trudeau said: "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable but we also will not be pushed around".

She also said the European Union would "act" against the USA trade measures.

"We joined the communiqué in good faith", Kudlow said on CNN's State of the Union program.

President Trump's chief economic adviser called comments made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "polarizing" and said the Canadian leader "stabbed us in the back".

Less than 24 hours before his meeting with Kim, Trump found time to lambast what he sees as unfair trade practices among the other six industrialized democracies at the summit.

Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro also lashed out on Sunday at Trudeau's statements, saying they represent "bad faith".

He complained that he had been blindsided by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's criticism of his tariff threats at a summit-ending news conference.

And Roland Paris, a former foreign policy adviser to Trudeau, jabbed on Trump on Twitter: "Big tough guy once he's back on his airplane". "All Justin Trudeau had to do was take the win".

After all the public feuding and Twitter sniping, the trade disputes and backdoor tensions, the countries of the G7 summit did, in the end, put out a joint communique on the need for free, fair and mutually beneficial trade.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also appear in the photo, seemingly looking on from the sides.