Tuesday, 18 September, 2018


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

Trudeau's criticism will cost Canada 'a lot of money' Trudeau's criticism will cost Canada 'a lot of money'
Conrad Doyle | 13 June, 2018, 21:59

Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, lashed out at Trudeau as "amateurish" and "sophomoric".

"I've never seen language like this, the least of all from subordinates of the president directed at the prime minister of their greatest friend and ally".

But members of his administration went for the jugular.

"Just when we thought it couldn't get worse", Nicholas Burns, U.S. ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in the George W. Bush administration, said on Twitter after Kudlow's appearance on CNN.

The UK intends to honour the commitments it signed up to at the meeting in Canada, even after U.S. president Donald Trump angrily rejected them in an end-of-summit tweet, the prime minister added.

A few hours earlier, Trudeau had told reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign a joint declaration. "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".

"It was agreed by all parties who attended G7", declared the spokesman at a Westminster press briefing.

"We finished the (G7) meeting and really everybody was happy".

The Canadian lawmakers' solidarity came a day after White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said, "There is a special place in hell" for Trudeau for his "bad faith diplomacy" with Trump, as a dispute over trade escalated.

President Trump, meanwhile, was not as kind, accusing Trudeau of "false statements" in a tweet. "And that comes right from Air Force One".

"He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea, nor should he", Kudlow said of Trump.

Ries says that strong stance could help more Americans realize they don't want a trade war with Canada. "[Trudeau] can't put Trump in a position of being weak going into the North Korean talks with Kim". Conspiracy theories, jokes and memes started bubbling up after the Canadian Prime Minister's eyebrows appeared uneven during his press conference with French president Emanuel Macron.

"Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal", Trump added.

"According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with United States (guess they were bragging and got caught!)".

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. "Then Justin acts hurt when called out!"

In a separate interview on CBS's "Face the Nation", Kudlow said the Trump had a "very successful, calm, friendly, respectful bilateral" with Trudeau and that the USA won't withdraw from NAFTA. Mr Trump said the move would protect domestic producers that were vital to United States security.

In Ontario, home to many auto plants that would be hit by United States tariffs, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer warned that NAFTA and the cause of free trade itself is now at stake.

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