Fast facts on Trump's clash with allies over trade

  • Fast facts on Trump's clash with allies over trade

Fast facts on Trump's clash with allies over trade

Last week, Canada hit back at Trump administration by announcing retaliatory tariffs on up to 16.6 billion Canadian dollars (12.8 billion US dollars) worth of USA steel and aluminum as well as a diverse list of other products.

The United States and Canada are facing a diplomatic and trade crisis as top White House advisers hurled insults at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday morning, accusing him of "stabbing the U.S. in the back". Addressing reporters in Singapore ahead of Trump's summit Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pompeo said he was "unconcerned" that Trump's treatment of Canada - a close ally - boded poorly for his ability to forge peace with a longtime USA adversary.

However, on Monday, several MPs expressed concerns about the United Kingdom reaching any deal with the US given President Trump's recent trade actions against Canada, the European Union and other countries. Ms.

John Brennan, former CIA Director, said that Trump is a temporary aberration, and asked the States' allies to be patient.

After the G-7 summit in Quebec Saturday, Trump tweeted aboard Air Force One that the United States would not sign a joint statement.

Mr Trudeau, in Quebec City for bilateral meetings with non-G7 leaders after the summit, did not respond to reporters' questions as he arrived, but his office pointed to Ms Freeland as the minister responsible for Canada-US relations.

The tit-for-tat dispute over USA metals tariffs followed more than a year of tense and so far unsuccessful negotiations to renew NAFTA and a long and failed charm offensive by Trudeau and top Canadian officials to avoid Trump's trade ire.

Two points of the joint communique formulated by the G7 members were not negotiated with the USA president, but that didn't prevent the Canadian prime minister from announcing that all member-states had reached common ground on the final statement. Trudeau pulled a "sophomoric political stunt for domestic consumption" that amounted to "a betrayal", said Kudlow, who appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" and CBS' "Face the Nation". Merkel, whose nation is a G-7 member, also said the European Union would "act" against the USA trade measures, which European leaders regard as going against the rules of the World Trade Organization.

On 1 June, the U.S. imposed a 25% tariff for steel and 10% for aluminium on imports from the European Union (EU), Canada, and Mexico.

Former U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, who served under former U.S. President Barack Obama, has also backed Trudeau.

He also suggested something more nefarious may have been afoot when Navarro made the comments. Kudlow said Trump won't let people "take pot shots at him" and that Trudeau "should've known better". "Using that type of language is not professional, it's not called for, and I tell you, I was deeply disappointed to see this lack of professionalism on his part".

Have you ever heard in your life a bigger load of crap from an American trade official? We negotiate in good faith but we won't be pushed around. "I'm unconcerned about our capacity to continue to do what we need to do".

"I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said. He reiterated his longstanding view that the USA has been taken advantage of in global trade, adding, "We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends".

The G7 groups the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Canada.