Trump's Russia Idea Has Few Fans Across U.S. Political Spectrum

Cheryl Sanders
June 11, 2018

The United States and Canada swung further on Sunday toward a diplomatic and trade crisis as top White House advisers lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a day after US President Trump called him "very dishonest and weak".

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 ..." And Senator Edward Markey, a Democrat from MA and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump's proposal comes at a time he's clashing with Canada and other US allies over trade. Trump refused to sign a previously-negotiated joint statement written by all seven countries, prompting French President Emmanuel Macron to say in a statement Sunday that "International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks ..."

In response, the European Union is preparing new tariffs set to hit USA exports ranging from jeans to bourbon whiskey.

Trump also took aim at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for relying too heavily on the USA for their security.

Trump complained on Sunday that he had been blindsided by Trudeau's criticism of his tariff threats at a summit-ending news conference. Trump advisers described Trudeau's statements as a slight that threatened to make the us look weak right as the president was leaving for a summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. In an in-depth interview with German broadcaster ARD, she said that the European Union would follow in the footsteps of Canada and come up with counter-measures to levy tariffs on the 28-member bloc.

A viral photo shared by the German government shows Trump, arms folded, being stared down by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. Success. Only to see a tweet from Donald Trump a little later rescinding his signature over something Justin Trudeau had said at his news conference.

Freeland reiterated that Canada would retaliate to U.S. tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way, adding the country would always be willing to talk.

Hitoshi Suzuki, an associate professor of European worldwide relations at the University of Niigata Prefecture, said the leaders' statement matters because issuing one is the "raison d'etre" of the G7.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that while he's not an expert on the matter and agreed with critics that Russian Federation has been a bad actor, it's worth considering bringing the country back in the G8.

After leaving the G7 summit on Saturday, Trump accused the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of "false statements" and said the USA would be imposing tariffs on vehicle imports. Or we'll stop trading with them.

"The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before-both in public, and in private conversations with the president", Trudeau's office announced in a statement, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, Kudlow, speaking the "Face the Nation" on Sunday, said that Trudeau "should've known better."

While Trump won a quick endorsement from Italy, other nations including Germany and the United Kingdom warned that Russian Federation would need to change its behavior for the G8 to be revived. "We joined the communique in good faith", Kudlow said.

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