Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Lindsey Graham on Trump, Kim Jong Un summit and Canada, Trudeau fight

Lindsey Graham on Trump, Kim Jong Un summit and Canada, Trudeau fight

Trump said he chose to back out of the G7 communique after watching Trudeau's closing summit news conference, at which he warned that Canada would not be pushed around on tariffs - a point the Canadian prime minister had made several times before.

Trump adviser Peter Navarro, meanwhile, said Tuesday he made a mistake when he said "there's a special place in hell" for Trudeau.

US President Donald Trump said the recent G7 spat-dominated meeting in Canada was "good", but in the same breath warned the host country would pay for the comments of its prime minister.

However, Navarro says he used inappropriate language in trying to convey that message. "Other than he had a news conference that he had because he assumed I was in an airplane and I wasn't watching", Trump said.

The move has been roundly criticised by Canada and the European Union, leading to heightened tensions at last week's summit of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies - just before Mr Trump left for Singapore and a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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Freeland said she had a "good conversation" Sunday with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and that the pair would try to meet in Washington this week. "Canadian relations to have this kind of rhetoric out there", said Klein, who will soon turn 80. The president tweeted from Air Force One that Trudeau was "dishonest", and weak.

The motion calls on the House to recognize the importance of Canada's "long-standing, mutually beneficial trading relationship" with the US, "strongly oppose" the "illegitimate tariffs" imposed on steel and aluminum, stand "in solidarity" with the Trudeau government's decision to impose retaliatory tariffs and remain united in support of the supply management system of regulating Canada's dairy and poultry industry.

Trump took time at his news conference to explain a photo that went viral from the G7 summit.

"From day one, we have said that we expected moments of drama and that we would keep calm and carry on throughout this drama", she said.

"I see (on) the television that he's giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States".

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At his closing G-7 press conference on Saturday, Trudeau called USA steel and aluminium tariffs "insulting" and pledged to proceed with previously announced retaliatory tariffs.

Trump said it "didn't look friendly" but it was "very friendly". Trump's steel tariffs and threats to tax auto imports, among other protectionist policies, have strained relations with America's closest allies, including Canada, with whom the administration has been struggling to re-negotiate NAFTA. "And it won't even be tough".

Canadian officials have stressed the two countries' extensive trading relationship and pointed out that Canada is the top export destination for 35 US states and that 9 million jobs in the United States depend on trade with its northern neighbor.

And he confirmed that Canada would press ahead with dollar-for-dollar retaliatory tariffs on July 1 as previously announced.

"Sometimes when we think about tariffs, when we think about a trade war, we lose sight of the real impact, and that's on workers", Singh told a news conference.

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