Trudeau: Canada will retaliate against US tariffs

Andrew Cummings
June 10, 2018

Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, lashed out at Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau as "amateurish" and "sophomoric" for a news conference he gave after Trump left the Group of Seven summit on Saturday.

"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around", he said.

French President Emmanuel Macron, whose country will host next year's summit in Biarritz, said work would continue.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said all global leaders at the meeting signed the agreement during a press conference where he stood firmly on new retaliatory tariffs to answer for Trump's tariffs on aluminum and steel that were "unjustly applied to us".

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

Donald Trump is embarking for the North Korea negotiations in a slump.

But in brief remarks to reporters before their bilateral meeting Friday afternoon, Trump seemed to lighten the mood, cracking a joke about Canada dropping all tariffs and claiming that relations between the two countries were perhaps better than they had ever been.


The thorny issue of Mr Trump's planned tariffs on steel and aluminium imported into the U.S. has upset the consensus among industrialised nations on a transition to freer trade. It also hints at his view that lavish receptions he has received in places like China and Saudi Arabia are signs of unusual respect for him personally, and thus, show U.S. ties with such states have never been better.

The outburst suggested that any deal had collapsed and his more or less explicit threat to impose sanctions on imports of cars will outrage his ostensible allies - in particular Germany and Canada who produce many for the large U.S. market.

Instead of attending the 2019 G7 summit, look for Trump to attend the 2019 G2 summit with Putin in Crimea.

"Very dishonest & weak", Trump continued.

"If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", he said. "So we are going in with a really positive spirit". Within Canada, some groups say it prevents the country from becoming a dairy-exporting power, as it is in grain and meat.

According to BBC, Canada, the USA, the U.K., France, Italy, Japan, and Germany agreed on "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade", as well as, the importance to fight protectionism. "That is not a trade deal", he said, according to a report by ABC News.

Trump would nearly certainly need help from Congress to completely cut off trade with a US ally.


The agency reached a deal earlier this week to lift penalties on Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE, which is now under USA sanctions and has been recognized as a national security threat by US officials.

"He held a press conference and he said the U.S.is insulting". Straight from the alpha male playbook, Macron first gripped Trump above the elbow, offered his hand palm up and then they pumped hands for several seconds.

Vice President Mike Pence told Trudeau he would have to agree to that before Trump would agree to meet him.

"The European Union is brutal to the United States".

European officials said Trump had tried to water down the language in the draft final summit communique on the WTO and rules-based trade.

"Don't blame Trump. It was Trudeau who started blasting Trump after he left, after the deals had been made". To United States, frankly, it would be a good thing but I'm not looking to do that. "I'm not looking to play that game".


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