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Trudeau's criticism will cost Canada 'a lot of money'

12 June 2018

Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, tweeted "there is a special place in heaven" for Mr. Trudeau. "And I see the television, and he's giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States".

The spat has also drawn in Germany and France, who sharply criticised Mr Trump's decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a G7 communique hammered out at a Canadian summit, accusing him of destroying trust and acting inconsistently. One of its early tweets read: numerous jokes were directed at the XX-year-old Canadian President, who bore the brunt of a twitter attack from President Trump and his White House advisers.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro apologized for suggesting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau deserved a "special place in hell" for a perceived breach in protocol against U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump's tirades came on Saturday after a tense G7 summit in Quebec, where Trudeau at a summit-ending news conference criticized the president's tariff threats.

The Canadian tariffs target $264 million in Minnesota products headed to Canada, adding $35 million to the cost of exports.

Smith further said Trump's latest attitude towards Trudeau isn't a new thing and he has "been kicking allies in the teeth his whole presidency".

"They can continue to have a supply management system, but they can't have the incredibly high tariffs and other barriers and manoeuvres that they do to deal with the problems that are created by the supply management system", Vilsack said.

"It's kind of like ... if you were sitting with a friend and then out of the blue, you just punched them in the face", he said.

With enough concessions, the value of farmers' production quotas, worth about $25,000 per cow, could fall as other countries gain market share, said Mike Gifford, a retired government official who was Canada's agriculture trade negotiator on NAFTA.

The foreign affairs minister will have her work cut out for her as she attempts to see Canada spared from the U.S.'s heavy-handed steel, aluminum and auto tariffs and mend the increasingly frayed relationship between the two countries.

The U.S. and Canada are in the middle of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement along with Mexico. The likelihood of a trade war between the USA and Canada appears to be on the rise, and both sides are mulling more trade barriers. That figure adjusts to a $17.5 billion trade deficit when services are excluded, according to the USTR.

Trudeau's criticism will cost Canada 'a lot of money'