Trudeau's criticism will cost Canada 'a lot of money'

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 13, 2018

"I mean the problem is that we're dealing with a schoolyard bully and his henchmen", he said.

"That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada; he learned", Trump said wagging his finger.

Peter Navarro had said on Sunday there was a "special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy" with Mr. Trump "and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door".

"Let me correct a mistake I made", Navarro said at a Wall Street Journal conference Tuesday, according to video provided by the newspaper's CFO Network.

Before the apology, some US lawmakers on Tuesday questioned the strong language the White House and Trump have used toward Canada in contrast to the praise he gave North Korea at Tuesday's summit in Singapore. After leaving the summit early, Trump tweeted he was pulling US support from a joint statement and he accused Trudeau, the summit's host, of being weak and dishonest during a news conference. Some of Trump's aides also lashed out at the Canadian prime minister. Trump tweeted Saturday evening while en route to Singapore aboard Air Force One.

The United States has alienated Canada and other allies by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, arguing that they pose a threat to USA national security. I really did, other than he had a news conference, that he had because he assumed I was in an airplane and I wasn't watching.

Amid the high-stakes trade negotiations still under way between China and the United States, Beijing is moving full steam ahead with a strategy that one top White House adviser said was the target of U.S. trade action.

From a big-picture perspective, there are concerns about how the rest of the world sees the United States globally, he added.

Freeland said Tuesday that Trudeau had raised the auto issue in his bilateral meeting with Trump on Friday at the G7 summit.

One particular source of his ire recently has been Canada's supply management system, which levels tariffs of up to 300 per cent on imported dairy products.

"He learned", Trump said. "It's very unfair, and it's very unfair to our workers, and I'm gonna straighten it out". Under his administration, the US has already clobbered its top export market on trade, running a $2.7 billion surplus, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

In New Hampshire, which counts Quebec as its largest trading partner and where almost a quarter of the population has French-Canadian roots, Tousignant doesn't believe a few undiplomatic words will do much to sour relations between "cousins".

The United States has imposed 25 per cent tariffs on steel from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, and 10 per cent tariffs on aluminum.

If the USA imposes a 25 per cent tariff on those exports, suddenly they don't make much economic sense, said Kristin Dziczek, vice president of industry, labour and economics at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich.

"We've got to look at what supports are available to ensure that if their jobs, their livelihoods are compromised, what can the government do to support these folks".

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