Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Pompeo downplays feud between USA and G7 allies

Pompeo downplays feud between USA and G7 allies

Canada-U.S. relations seem to have reached their lowest point in more than a generation after Trump tweeted Saturday that he was withdrawing support from a G7 joint communique, while complaining he had been blindsided by Trudeau's criticism of U.S. tariffs at a closing news conference.

Theresa May has admitted a "difficult" G7 summit - marked by Donald Trump tearing up a joint agreement and lashing out at other leaders - saw "very candid discussions".

He tweeted a few hours ago about the G7 meeting.

Trudeau responded with tough words of his own at a press conference later Saturday, reiterating that Canada would move forward with a slew of tariffs in response to Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs.

Trudeau fires back on May 31 over the tariffs being applied on the premise Canada poses a national security threat to the U.S. - "Let's be clear: These tariffs are totally unacceptable. On the contrary, as part of the USA law, we are part of the national defense base of the United States". "We are all Canadians first, and we will stand with Canadian workers and the families impacted by this escalating trade war", she said. Highly restrictive on Trade! "They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table".

The president seems to think raising US tariffs will accomplish that end.

Trudeau said he had reiterated to Mr. Trump, who left the G7 meeting before it ended, that tariffs would harm industries and workers on both sides of the U.S. Canada and Mexico are also taking action. By the time I finish trade talks, that will change. He had other things, bigger things, on his plate in Singapore. "Massive trade deficits no longer!"

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She said that the European countries will not be "taken advantage of" in terms of trade and that they would "act" against the US trade measures, which are considered as going against the World Trade Organization's rules. Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%.

"Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks ... and we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes from a close ally", Ms Freeland told reporters in Quebec City on Sunday.

Saying Trudeau is "dishonest & weak", he also threatened "tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!" "Not fair to our farmers!" If under the status quo, foreign countries have levied harmful tariffs on US goods, is it best to continue on as if they haven't, or to respond in kind with higher tariffs and attempt to force a change? We're like the piggybank that everybody is robbing.

Following the media avail, a reporter asks if Trudeau is disappointed that Trump was cutting out early to prepare for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Noting the USA imposition of tariffs was officially stated as a national security consideration, Freeland said: "We are very clear that Canada does not pose a national security threat to the United States". Trade. They fully understand where I am coming from. "After many decades, fair and reciprocal Trade will happen!"

In the brief photo opportunity that started their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the fractious G7 summit, Trump followed Trudeau's diplomatic introduction by joking that Trudeau had backed down on retaliatory tariffs.

US President Donald Trump made headlines globally after his first Canadian visit during the G7 Summit.

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