Former PM Mulroney predicts Trump rage at Justin Trudeau a passing storm

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2018

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.

US President Donald Trump made headlines globally after his first Canadian visit during the G7 Summit.

The move comes as the House of Commons unanimously agreed to an NDP motion on Monday to condemn the US administration's "illegitimate" import duties on steel and aluminum and pledging support for supply management, the system that regulates prices and production on dairy, eggs and poultry in Canada.

According to the USTR, America counts Canadian goods that are shipped to regional trading hubs within the United States and then re-exported back to Canada or Mexico as USA exports.

"POTUS is not gonna let a Canadian prime minister push him around", Trump's chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said on CNN's "State of the Union". "[Trudeau] can't put Trump in a position of being weak going into the North Korean talks with Kim". If this is how Trump treats his closest allies, why would Kim Jong Un believe anything he hears at the negotiating table this week, especially after Trump has already pulled America out of existing global agreements?

The tariffs, as well as Trump's noted opposition to multilateralism, his criticism of Canadian trade barriers and suggestion that the union become the G8 with the inclusion of Russian Federation made for a chaotic lead into the G7 summit.

Trump's actions deepened the divide between the United States and its allies, and European leaders Sunday expressed shock and resignation at this latest sign that the president is eager to defy diplomatic norms and blow up trade relationships that have been strong for decades.

Canada's House of Commons on Monday unanimously condemned the personal attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by U.S. President Donald Trump and his surrogates as the famously polite nation simmered over the weekend broadsides by its U.S. ally.

But the response by USA lawmakers, business executives and officials falls short of the concerted and effective nationwide pressure campaign Canadian officials had hoped would be launched if a major threat developed.

"I have made it clear to [President Trump] that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said.

Timeline of trade tensions since the US decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports
Timeline of trade tensions since the US decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports

Among other insults the president levelled at the PM, Trump called Trudeau "very dishonest and weak", and accused Canada of ripping the USA off in trade.

He then got on Twitter and attacked Justin Trudeau as being meek and mild and someone who's taking advantage of the United States. The prime minister had played down divisions between the United States and the six other members of the G-7.

The prime minister confirmed the European Union will impose "countermeasures" in response to the American tariffs, which she said "ultimately makes everyone poorer".

Peter Navarro, President Trump's top trade adviser, went on Fox News Sunday yesterday and declared there's a "special place in hell" for leaders like Trudeau.

Mr. Trump's actions led to an extraordinary juxtaposition: an abrupt public feud and deterioration of ties between the USA and Canada at the same moment as warm words and a detente between the US and North Korea.

In Ontario, home to many vehicle plants that would be hit by US tariffs, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer warned that NAFTA and the cause of free trade itself is now at stake.

The Canadian leader and French President Emanuel Macron appeared together for a joint press conference when his left eyebrow appeared to fall abnormally below his right one, prompting many social media users to accuse Trudeau of wearing "fake brows".

"He really kind of stabbed us in the back", he said.

"Germany pays 1 percent (slowly) of GDP towards North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, while we pay 4 percent of a MUCH larger GDP", he wrote, saying that the U.S. was protecting Europe and being "clobbered on trade" in return.

The President insists he has slapped the levies on to hit back at charges imposed by other countries and has accused his allies of trying to milk the Us's economy.

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