June 19, 2018

Canadian Foreign Minister: Attacks Not 'Useful' or 'Appropriate'

13 June 2018, 12:50 | Lionel James

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie Que. on Saturday

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie Que. on Saturday

Trudeau reiterated his objections to Trump's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union and his own plans to introduce retaliatory measures targeting US products.

Trump addressed the fight with Trudeau during a press conference following the North Korea summit, suggesting average Canadians will pay the price.

Shortly after Mr. Trudeau said that he was "happy to announce that we have released a joint communique by all seven countries" indicating that the U.S. was also included, Mr. Trump announced that Washington would reverse its decision and not sign the statement.

The United States has alienated Canada and other allies by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, arguing that they pose a threat to US national security. "This can not be our party", Flake tweeted on Sunday.

He said they had a "great" relationship, and he thought they were on good terms at the end of the G7 summit - until he heard Mr Trudeau give a news conference in which he said Canada would not be "pushed around" by the US.

Trump was flying to Singapore for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the time. "But actually, we were just talking, the whole group, about something unrelated to everything, very friendly".

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"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.

She said it had been "a hard summit with, at times, some very candid discussions" and that the United Kingdom would honour its commitments in the joint communique.

Navarro took Kudlow's comments one step further, telling Fox News' Chris Wallace that "there's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door ..." Trump tweeted that Trudeau was "very dishonest & weak". German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also attended the summit, told German public television that she found Trump's tweet disavowing the G-7 statement "sobering" and "a little depressing".

The newspaper said Mr Trump "chose to make up his own facts" about tariffs and trade.

- "Canada charges the USA a 270% tariff on Dairy Products!"

"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around", he had said. "I know it was reported sort of nasty both ways - I was angry at her, or she".

The United States has imposed 25 per cent tariffs on steel from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, and 10 per cent tariffs on aluminum.

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