Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Former PM Mulroney says Trump rage at Trudeau a passing storm

Former PM Mulroney says Trump rage at Trudeau a passing storm

President Donald Trump threw the G-7 summit into disarray Saturday, tweeting that the US was pulling back its endorsement of the group's communique in part because of what he called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "false statements" at a news conference. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!" the US president tweeted.

Trump's latest twitter tirade came after he arrived in Singapore for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

Trump called Trudeau "dishonest" and "weak" in tweets following the summit on Saturday.

President Donald Trump added more fuel to the fight with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Canada argues that it still allows a higher ratio of sold milk to be imported from overseas than the US does and that there is not necessarily a causal relationship between the USA industry crisis and tariffs.

Mr Trump also responded by announcing that he was backing out of a joint communiqué on trade between the United States and its main allies.

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The purely symbolic vote of 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.

The US has previously said that while it would prefer a three-way tripartite agreement, if that proves impossible, it is prepared to move on a bilateral basis, after expressing concern over the slow progress made in renegotiations.

Mr Trump also said he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive auto industry, throwing the G7's efforts to show a united front into disarray.

Reacting to the same, Kudlow said, "Trudeau really kind of stabbed us in the back". USA officioals too, took on Mr Trudeau. The French presidency had earlier condemned "fits of anger".

The president recently imposed sweeping tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, fulfilling a campaign promise.

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Mulroney said he thought Trudeau's closing remarks were "fairly benign and certainly didn't warrant any attack".

Trump has consistently said that countries that have a trade surplus with the USA - meaning they export more to the U.S. than they import - are "taking advantage" of the US.

As for the prospect of new trade deals touted by the Trump administration, Alden says they are a pipe dream.

According to White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow, Trump's preference now is to actually negotiate with Mexico and Canada separately.

The report claims, according to press sources, both Canada and Mexico have dismissed the idea of bilateral deals, as have several key U.S. lawmakers.

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The Trump-Trudeau scuffle represents a pivot away from the once-friendly relationship between the two leaders. In the end, that language stayed in and it was only on climate change that no consensus was reached.

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