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

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 12, 2018

"They come upon you abruptly and they dissipate just as quickly", he said Monday.

Trump says he watched that news conference on his way to Singapore, and was upset because he thought he and Trudeau had had a positive meeting in Charlevoix.

But before the group could sign off on a joint statement of agreement on trade talks, Trump's advisers reportedly insisted that the US would not agree to two key points in the statement related to the environment. Mulroney began working with Trudeau past year.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned the United States on Sunday that USA tariffs on imported steel and aluminum would not go unchallenged.

"I know it didn't look friendly", Trump said. He also said that it was "kind of insulting" that Trump used national security to justify the tariffs against a longtime ally, and announced that Canada would be implementing "equivalent tariffs" on July 1.

He also suggested he is again studying possible tariffs on automobiles imported from Canada, a move which would have a much more substantial hit on both economies.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he leaves the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018.

Since Trump's election in 2016, Trudeau has tried to take a conciliatory approach to the populist Republican president and has been careful never to run him down in public. But the trolled Prime Minister had his staunch supporters too. "But the conclusion I draw is that it is only through continued dialogue that we can find ways to work together to resolve the challenges we face".

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

"It's very unfair, and it's very unfair to our workers, and I'm gonna straighten it out".

"All Mr. Trudeau was doing, in a rather gentle way, was articulating the position of his government, which would be the position of any Canadian government in these circumstances", he said, adding that the counter-tariffs make sense.

Senior officials of the Trump administration piled on the smears.

Chief trade adviser Peter Navarro said there's "a special place in hell" for Trudeau and anyone else who negotiates in "bad faith" with Trump.

All of the countries attending the G7 meeting agreed to a communique showing shared priorities. "I don't understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada", he said, given that Canada is the biggest single buyer of American goods and services in the world.

The summit was seen as an opportunity to overcome disagreements on new tariffs imposed by the United States on imports.

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