Trump's top economic adviser accuses Trudeau of 'backstabbing'

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 13, 2018

Mr Kudlow suggested Mr Trump saw Mr Trudeau as trying to weaken his hand before that meeting, saying the president will not "let a Canadian prime minister push him around ..."

He said there's still hope that stalled negotiations for a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement can be revived, provided Canada stays calm and measured in response to Trump's rants.

Following the G7 summit in Quebec, Canada, over the weekend, Trump and Trudeau engaged in a war of words over Trump's decision to impose sizeable tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum imports.

Ottawa has announced dollar-for-dollar retaliation on the US imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada.

The motion calls on the House to recognize the importance of Canada's "long-standing, mutually beneficial trading relationship" with the USA, "strongly oppose" the "illegitimate tariffs" imposed on steel and aluminum, stand "in solidarity" with the Trudeau government's decision to impose retaliatory tariffs and remain united in support of the supply management system of regulating Canada's dairy and poultry industry.

Trump made his comments in a wide-ranging news conference in Singapore following his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "Because Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable - but we will not be pushed around". Those tariffs will come into place July 1 if the US doesn't remove their tariffs before that date.

He also insulted Trudeau personally, dubbing him "very dishonest and weak" and excoriated Canada's managed dairy market, which is a tiny part of total exchanges but is protected by a huge 270 percent tariff. Canada and Mexico are also taking action.

And the Canadian left, no friend of the American right, was quick to attack Trump's outburst.

While Trump expressed surprise at Trudeau's remarks, his comments were largely in line with what Canadian officials had said since Trump's announcement of tariffs.

It says that MPs "reject disparaging ad-hominem statements by USA officials, which do a disservice to bilateral relations and work against efforts to resolve this trade dispute".

Trump added that Trudeau's statements would "cost a lot of money for the people of Canada". "I don't understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada", he sighed. Canada does have very big advantages over us in terms of trade deficits.

Behind his claim lies a difference in how the countries' calculate the trade figures. "Canada has stood with the United States in every modern war and crisis".

If these goods that originate in Canada and are eventually sold there without have been substantially worked upon in the United States are taken into account then Ottawa comes out the victor. Canada exports $300 billion worth of goods to the United States, while the US exports $282.5 billion worth of goods to Canada.

Ms. May ducked Mr. Corbyn's question and when later asked by Conservative MP Crispin Blunt: "Trudeau or Trump?", she smiled and replied: "I'm not sure what activity he's asking me to undertake with either of them".

The British government has been eager to sign a trade deal with the US after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union next year.

The Trump-Trudeau scuffle represents a pivot away from the once-friendly relationship between the two leaders.

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