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Mulroney says he's 'never seen anything' like Trump surrogates' attacks on Trudeau

12 June 2018

The Trump administration has spent months trying to construct a rather flimsy argument that steel and aluminum imports from Canada and other close American allies constitute a national security threat.

Mr Trump roiled the G7 meeting in Canada by first agreeing to a group statement on trade, only to withdraw from it while complaining that he had been blindsided by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's criticism of his tariff threats at a summit-ending news conference.

Ms. May also rejected President Trump's suggestion that Russian Federation should be brought back into the G7. The G7 meeting in La Malbaie, Que., which was hosted by Trudeau, marked Trump's first visit to Canada as president. 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.

"We hope it doesn't come to that, but if the USA tariffs remain in effect, we will impose our tariffs on July 1", he said. "The Prime Minister reiterated it is unacceptable to include Canada in 232 national security tariffs".

If these goods that originate in Canada and are eventually sold there without have been substantially worked upon in the United States are taken into account then Ottawa comes out the victor.

She acknowledged the European Union would have to respond to the tariffs with its own penalties on U.S. imports but she hoped that it would not lead to wider "tit-for-tat" reprisals. But Canada would face long odds winning a trade war against a country 10 times its size economically and which takes the majority of its exports.

Trudeau said at a news conference Saturday that he was disappointed in the Trump administration's action to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

White House officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the characterisations by the official of Trump's remarks. Not acceptable!" He also posted this tweet: "Farmers have not been doing well for 15 years.

"Average Americans weighed in as well on Twitter, using a "#ThanksCanada" hashtag to recount all the reasons they appreciate Canada. "I don't understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada", he sighed.

"On the steel tariffs I have a couple of fairly substantial operations in my own riding that are very anxious (about the USA penalties). $800 Billion Trade Deficit ..." "I think it might be a Canadian identity", newspaper columnist John Ivison tweeted.

Now with Trump piling in with his own attempt to humiliate the Canadian leader, the Globe and Mail newspaper said the United States leader´s comments "couldn´t have been better measured to raise Canadians´ national sense of injustice".

The privately owned US company also operates a lumber mill in Plaster Rock, N.B., which produces wood chips and biomass for the Edmundston operation. "Look forward to seeing them tomorrow". His tweet plainly states that "our Tariffs [sic] are in response to his of 270% on dairy!" They didn't tell you that, did they? We're like the piggybank that everybody is robbing.

Top EU official, Donald Tusk, no doubt harried after Trump's belligerence at the meet - during which the US President also refused to sign a joint communique with the G7 members - wasn't going to take this lying down. These are the kinds of things that are common challenges across our countries and around the world where anxiety about economic prospects of individuals and particularly of their kids leads to unpredictability and sometimes political uncertainty. Trade. They fully understand where I am coming from.

Given Trump's harsh words at the summit, most experts believe that the trade fight initiated by Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs will only intensify.

Mulroney, who has a personal relationship with Trump and has been quietly advising the prime minister on how to deal with the mercurial US president, likened Trump's weekend tirade to "serious summer squalls".

In a series of tweets, the U.S. president called him "very dishonest and weak" and accused him of making false statements.

In one behind-the-scenes account from the G7, a French presidential official described an "extraordinary" session in which leaders surrounded Trump and showered him with data one after the other in an attempt to sway him to drop U.S. tariffs. "He did a great disservice to the whole G7", Kudlow said.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday on Fox News that "there's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door".

Trump issues another Twitter salvo Sunday night, suggesting that Canada is "bragging" in an unspecified release about benefiting from USA trade - "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

Mulroney says he's 'never seen anything' like Trump surrogates' attacks on Trudeau