We’ll honour pledges made at ‘difficult’ G7, says Theresa May

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 13, 2018

Mulroney began working with Trudeau past year.

Canada's economy is heavily reliant on free trade with the United States, with some 75 percent of its exports going to its southern neighbor.

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

Tensions between Canada and US leaders ran high even before the weekend's G7 summit that was held primarily in Charlevoix, Que.

Ottawa has announced dollar-for-dollar retaliation on the USA imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada. The tariffs came into effect on imports from Canada and the other originally exempted nations this month.

Trump has framed the topic of trade agreements as an issue of national security, a stance backed by the advisers he has stocked in his White House, including the new National Security Advisor John Bolton. "#G72018" a tweet from the White House read.

"It was very friendly", Trump said.

Trump refused to endorse the group's joint statement, said that Russian Federation should be readmitted, and traded barbs with Trudeau over an intensifying trade conflict.

In a rare show of unity, Opposition Members of Parliament are standing behind Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's promise to fight new tariffs from the United States.

"In the name of the Western allies, he ought to come out today and wish President Trump well in the negotiations, instead of taking potshots at us", Kudlow said.

President Trump responded with a tweet calling Trudeau "very dishonest and weak" and followed up by saying the U.S. would not endorse the G7 communique, a document signed by the seven leaders underlining their commitment to free and open trade.

"Very disappointing and childish and unprofessional behavior [from Trudeau]", Gorka said while on Fox & Friends on Monday. This is nothing all that different from what Trudeau had said before.

The slow progress of the talks - the Trump administration has missed multiple deadlines to notify Congress of modifications to the agreement - has been accompanied by a hardening of USA tactics over the past month.

"He really stabbed us in the back".

Ries says that strong stance could help more Americans realize they don't want a trade war with Canada. "He should never have said it", Reagan said.

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is heading for Washington Wednesday, said the Liberal government "would keep calm and carry on throughout those moments of drama".

"Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks".

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